Self-care isn’t selfish — it’s a necessary component needed to recover from a mental illness or addiction. To keep yourself on the road to recovery, you must participate in some form of self-care. Make yourself a priority by practicing a few of these things.
Practice a healthy lifestyle
In order to take care of your body and mind, there are a few things that you must do. This includes being active, fueling your body and mind with healthy foods and sufficient water, and getting enough sleep. Being active doesn’t have to take up all of your energy. An activity can be walking around your neighborhood or jumping rope during commercial breaks of your favorite show. You don’t have to be vigorously exercising for hours a day. That’s unreasonable for most people, much less someone who may be suffering from a mental illness. Next, healthy food doesn’t have to be a chore. Some people think that eating healthy is expensive. This doesn’t have to be the case, either. Instead of spending money on fast food, put that money toward healthy snack options like a variety of nuts, fruits, or veggies. Once you navigate eating healthy, you will find was to make your snacks affordable and tasty. Drinking an abundance of water is also a necessity. Most people don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. This can be a simple fix. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go! Lastly, make sure to get enough sleep. Many of us don’t get enough sleep and end up dragging our feet throughout the day. Backing up your bedtime, even by an hour, can give you a better sleep that hopefully would be more restful, too.
Honor your voice
Honoring your voice means speaking up for your needs, no matter what. Be an advocate for yourself. This can even mean with yourself. For example, you may be feeling like you don’t deserve to practice a healthy lifestyle. Dig deep — squash that voice in your head that tells you that you don’t deserve good things. Tell yourself you deserve to feel healthy and happy, then act on it. When you’re around other people, your needs may not be being met. If you notice this, speak up for yourself. Be clear and concise. Be adamant about what you need and deserve. Honoring your voice also means setting boundaries and sticking to them. If someone is crossing the line, speak up. You know what you deserve — make sure other people know, too.
Give yourself a break
Doing these two things are extremely important. If you’ve tried doing them, congratulate yourself. It takes time and energy to practice self-care. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You may even find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed or tired; give yourself a break. Allow yourself time to rejuvenate. You deserve it.
Pinnacle Recovery is here for you. We want to give you the tools to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. Call our staff today for more information about what we can offer you. You can reach our trained and experienced staff today at 1-866-301-0573. We can’t wait to receive your call!