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Why Is Good Self-Care So Important in Early Recovery?

Self-care is very important for your overall health and is something that should be practiced by everyone. It is especially important for those who are in early recovery. In early recovery, you are learning new and more effective ways to manage stress, find balance in your life, and prioritize your mental health. These things take energy, focus, and attention, which are difficult to maintain without good self-care. 

Self-care involves doing whatever is necessary to care for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. The way that you practice self-care may be unique and personal to you. It may take some time to figure out what truly works best for you. Self-care can give you a chance to check in with yourself and how you’re feeling both mentally and physically. 

Making time for self-care regularly can provide many benefits to early recovery. It can also help you to prevent relapse. At Sage Recovery, we can help you learn new effective ways of prioritizing self-care as part of your daily routine. 

How Can Good Self-Care Benefit Early Recovery?

Learning how to cope with difficult and uncomfortable emotions without turning to substance use is a very important part of early recovery. However, trying to deal with these emotions while mentally or emotionally drained makes this way more difficult than it has to be. If you’re not taking proper care of yourself, making good decisions, sticking to your treatment plan, and avoiding triggers will likely feel pretty overwhelming. When you practice self-care, you will be better equipped to handle things like stress and anxiety effectively while maintaining a clear head. 

Self-care can also help you to prevent what is often referred to as recovery burnout. Recovery burnout is usually associated with a type of mental exhaustion and a decrease in motivation when it comes to putting in the work to stay sober. In many cases, this is because someone is working really hard to better themselves but not making time for fun and relaxation. In other words, when you’re not allowing yourself to enjoy all the benefits of sobriety, you’re not going to be as motivated to stick to your recovery.

Self-care allows you to rest, recharge, and rejuvenate both mentally and physically. With regular self-care, you can put your best foot forward as you navigate early recovery. 

What Are Some Good Self-Care Ideas to Include in My Routine?

When some people hear the term “self-care” they may associate it with putting on a face mask or getting a pedicure. While there is certainly nothing wrong with these forms of self-care, the actual practice of self-care encompasses much more. Self-care can include making time to prioritize your physical health by getting enough sleep, prepping healthy meals, and making time to move your body each day. It can also include learning how to ask others for help when you’re feeling tired or overwhelmed. 

For many who are in recovery, their self-care and continued treatment go hand in hand. It includes things that they do regularly to ensure that they are staying on track and avoiding potential triggers. For you, it might include attending therapy or going to regular 12-Step support group meetings. 

Some additional ideas to include in your daily self-care routine are:

How Do I Make Good Self-Care a Priority During My Recovery?

Some people aren’t used to taking the time to focus on just themselves. Maybe you are used to being the caregiver and don’t typically prioritize yourself. The thought of going out of your way to take time each day to focus on self-care may seem unrealistic or even selfish. However, in reality, you are going to be much better able to take care of others if you’re taking the time to care for yourself first. 

Additionally, self-care is going to help you to make the most of early recovery. This is an exciting time when you have the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about yourself. At Sage Recovery, we will help you learn how to prioritize your self-care by adapting self-care habits into your daily routine. 

Prioritizing self-care may require you to take up 10 minutes earlier every morning. It may take you to set a reminder alarm on your phone so you don’t forget. However, once you begin to see the benefits of good self-care in action, you’ll never want to go back. 

During recovery, you have the opportunity to learn many new life skills that you’ll be able to use for years to come. These life skills may seem simple to some yet they are often things that people may have forgotten about while in active addiction. This could include everything from how to keep a clean home to how to prepare a healthy meal. Learning how to take care of yourself both mentally and physically is another valuable skill that will benefit you immeasurably. Practicing good self-care in early recovery can help to change your mindset and increase your motivation. If you’re currently struggling with substance use disorder, our team at Sage Recovery is here to help. Call (512) 306-1394 today.