Self-Care Practices in Addiction Recovery

5 Tips for Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

Self-care is an essential practice in addiction recovery. When you don’t have a self-care routine, it can throw you off balance and make you feel uneasy. Many people who relapse in recovery lose focus on what’s important and forget to take care of the needs of their mind, body, and spirit. We created this list of helpful tips to feel your best and treat yourself with nourishing care. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we want you to succeed and live a healthy life, free from drug and alcohol abuse.

  1. Surround Yourself With Positive Influences

Often, it’s those closest to us that influence us the most. Therefore, you must look at who is best positively impacting your life and bringing you down. To stay healthy and maintain and stable lifestyle, you must be consciously aware of those you surround yourself with.

2. Practice Daily Meditation

There are many powerful benefits to mindful meditation. Some of these include reduced stress, improved emotional health, the ability to break addictive patterns, control pain and anxiety, and decreased blood pressure. Of course, meditating requires practice, but many apps such as Headspace and Calm help walk you through mastering this life-changing self-care tool.

3. Establish a Daily Exercise Routine

Get your body moving! Whether that is at the gym, outside, or at home. Physical fitness is key to looking and feeling your best. When we work out, we can sweat out toxins our bodies have accumulated and help improve our mental health. If you don’t currently have a solid exercise routine, start one today. Find something you enjoy doing, such as yoga, kick-boxing, swimming, hiking, running, and making it a habit to do every day. You will feel happier and improve your overall health!

4. Fuel Your Body With Nutritious Foods

This one I can’t emphasize enough! Our bodies react to what we consume, and when we eat healthily, we can function at our optimal capabilities. If you constantly eat junk food and load up on unhealthy snacks or sugary beverages, you may notice how sluggish you feel. In addition, you may notice increased anxiety and depression-related symptoms because you’re not giving your body the nutrition it needs to thrive. We have listed many healthy recipes on Pinterest, inviting you to try them out!

5. Weekly Deep Tissue Massage

Did you know that massage therapy can help strengthen your immune system and lower blood pressure? Massages are a great way to decompress and unwind from your busy week. There are many benefits to this therapy method, and it is one that we utilize at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. For those who have battled addiction and are focused on healing their mind, body, and spirit, massage therapy is what you need for your self-care regimen. Studies have known it to help with anxiety, and muscle tension, relieve headaches and improve sleep quality. Search your local guide to book a massage appointment near you today.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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