Fear, anxiety, and stress are dangerous emotions for those in early recovery. They can be triggers to relapse. By taking time to personally care for yourself and relax you can greatly reduce these emotions.
Find wholesome and uplifting activities to help you in recovery. Find things that you love to do. Plan and take time to do these activities. It is perhaps the most important preventative measure for taking care of yourself, physically emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. One such positive activity that is often emphasized is exercise.
It is physically rewarding to get out in some capacity and get in some exercise. You do not necessarily need to train for a marathon, but find exercise activities you enjoy. They will reward you as you take the time to care for yourself. There are many suggestions for practicing self-care here are a few:
- Eating Right – 3 balanced meals a day
- Getting enough sleep
- Exercise / going for a jog (walk) / Yoga
- Do something fun or creative
- Read a Book
- Go to church
- Be involved in service
- Journal writing
- Meditation / Prayer
- Spend time with family
- Get out into the outdoors
There are many other areas and programs available to help those who have completed a treatment program. Focus on the programs and services that will help you most and stay involved in those efforts. Most importantly, remember that you are never alone in this process. As long as you are willing to stay involved, there are services and people willing to help and support your recovery.