Why Self-Care Matters for Recovery

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self-care for recoverySelf-care may sound selfish, but it’s actually an essential part of recovery. Taking time to practice self-care can mean taking time to heal physically and mentally. By doing this, you’re able to better cope with your feelings, boost your confidence and have the energy required to take on challenges and do the work required to get (and stay) sober.

The way that people care for themselves can vary from person to person – whether you prefer to go for a massage or for a long hike – and part of making self-care part of your recovery plan is trying different activities to see what works best to reenergize you.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Set your alarm early and watch the sunrise.
  • Wake a few minutes early and meditate.
  • Start your morning with a tall glass of water infused with cucumber or lemon.
  • Meet a good friend for a cup of coffee or morning stroll.
  • Do a few yoga poses to calm your mind and energize your body.
  • Go for a bike ride or hike.
  • Brew a cup of herbal tea and snuggle up with a good book.
  • Sit in a bubble bath and tune out to your favorite tunes.
  • Find a comfortable spot and focus on your breathing. Close your eyes and let go of any emotional tension.
  • Make a list of your goals for the day, week, month, or year.
  • Write down five things you like about yourself or that you’re grateful for.
  • Try your hand at an adult coloring book.
  • Cook up a healthful meal and freeze any leftovers.
  • Escape with entertainment and cue up your favorite Netflix series.

Self-Care and Recovery in Colorado
We help our clients care for their mind and body through our experiential therapy and wellness programs that include equine therapy, acupuncture, meditation, yoga and other experiences. In addition, we take advantage of our location whenever possible by organizing regular activities such as day hikes, ski trips, movies, and trips to the rec center. To learn more, call today: 303-625-6335.

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