How to Look After Yourself During Recovery

by - Monday, June 03, 2019

Recovery after illness or addiction can be an incredibly challenging time for anyone, particularly when it comes to self-esteem. When you’re going through a period of recovery, it’s important to practice some forms of self-care. Showing your body respect and care is practice that is important throughout life, and will help you cut yourself some slack after a long or particularly difficult day. On top of your professional guidance, such as a women's treatment program, there are a few ways to practice self-care.

Find peers

If you know someone who has historically struggled with your condition, or has experience in dealing with recovery, then do reach out to them. Finding people you can empathize with and who can help give you some constructive guidance will be much more useful to you for support. There’s something to be said for an outside perspective – or one that’s different to your own when it comes to learning how to practice self-care.

Ensure you get the right advice

One of the best things you can do when it comes to looking after yourself during recovery, is to check-in with a clinic which has the tools and support to help you. For example, if you are a woman who wants to feel safe during their recovery, then finding a womens rehab center will help you feel assured that you are in capable hands. Finding a clinic that specializes in drug rehab for women could give you some much-needed reassurance during an incredibly difficult time.

Find peace through practice

Finding peace isn’t always easy when you’ve been experiencing a turbulent period in your life. Therefore, undertaking hobbies that promote a peaceful mind such as meditation and mindfulness will help you to train your mind to break an unhelpful pattern of thinking. On top of that, writing a journal can be hugely useful to help take your thoughts to court and see them for what they really are.
On top of this, it’s a good idea to get a peaceful night’s sleep. This may sound like an old wife’s tale, but getting plenty of sleep when going through a period of ill health is truly important. Resting when you feel exhausted, and not depriving yourself of sleep will give you much more clarity of mind than restricted sleep.

Value good friends

If you’ve recently had to change your circle of friends, you may be struggling with the change in socializing. Keeping great people as close as you can is a good way to spend quality time. Meeting up for coffee with them and spending time doing enjoyable activities will help you begin to feel better and get back to yourself in the long-term.

Practicing self-care isn’t just about doing face-masks and eating plenty of veg. Caring for yourself is about surrounding yourself with good people and finding the help when you need it. While making substantial changes to your life isn’t easy, being kind to yourself along the way will certainly make it easier. 

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