Even if you’ve already heard this, it’s worth repeating: Self care isn’t selfish. In fact, it’s a matter of survival and essential for healing your mind, body and spirit during recovery. Not sure whereto start? These activities will give you some practical ideas to help make self-care a habit.

  • Celebrate big and small successes. Certainly each sobriety milestone is worth celebrating but so is sticking with a healthy diet, meeting exercise goals and getting more sleep. Take time to acknowledge your progress toward a healthier life – and be proud of yourself!
  • Avoid the comparison game. Everyone’s recovery is different and comparing your progress with someone else’s is a recipe for feeling bad. Instead, remind yourself that you’re doing great and every step forward is a step closer to lasting sobriety.
  • Practice gratitude. What are you thankful for today? It could be something as simple as the delicious fruit you ate with breakfast to something more complex like your repaired family relationships. Make an effort to write down one thing you’re grateful for daily and when you need an emotional boost, refer to your list and say “thank you,”
  • Make food a priority. Pay attention to what foods you’re putting into your new, sober body. Focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fait dairy and eliminating unhealthy processed foods will make you feel better. Plus, you’ll have more energy and focus to move forward with your recovery.
  • Head outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for your overall mood and mental health. Make time each day to get outside, soak up some sun and focus on the sensations around you. Focusing on the sights, smells and sounds of nature will keep you in the present and give you a healthy break from your worries.

Safeguarding Your Sobriety
Practicing self care is a great way to guard against relapse. At Guardian IOP, we help our clients build a solid recovery foundation to ensure successful, long-term sobriety and a happy, healthy life. To learn more about our relapse prevention program, call today: 561-419-3349.


Reviewed for accuracy by:

Anna earned her Masters of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL in 2017 and completed her internship in co-occurring disorders. Anna has a Bachelors of Art in Religious Studies from Naropa University and is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. Anna has received specialized training in somatic counseling with an emphasis on body-centered psychotherapy.