Self-Care: Taking Care of Your Physical and Emotional Health

 In Mental Health

Self-care is a term that has been growing in popularity recently and for good reason. As we begin to acknowledge the importance of maintaining our well-being, there is much discussion about ways we can practice self-care.

Knowing different strategies to help you cope with difficulties in life can help prevent you from turning to drugs or alcohol. As society continues to advocate for healthy ways to take care of yourself, self-care has become a big topic. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your self-care journey.

What Is Self Care and How Does It Benefit You

Self-care is simply acknowledging and being mindful of your needs. You nurture yourself by making small lifestyle changes that keep you healthy and balanced. This can be done through physical and metaphysical practices that make you feel your best self. As you take care of yourself, you also ensure that you present your best self to others.

You don’t need to spend a bunch of money on things to make you feel better in the name of self-care. Retail therapy is nice every once in a while, but you also practice self-care when you take care of your finances. You can approach your self-care regimen with a balance of concrete and abstract well-being practices.

Physical Care

Taking care of your body contributes to your overall well-being just as much as your mental and emotional health. Your body and mind are connected, so they influence each other. Many important factors can help develop physical self-care.

  • Diet and Nutrition  What kinds of food are you using to fuel your body? If you are eating a diet that makes you feel sluggish or sick, then it is time to switch up what you eat. Many people acknowledge that a good diet has a direct impact on your mental health. It is also important to consider how you eat. Engaging in binge-eating or under-eating can also affect the way you feel. Eat mindfully by being aware of the amount of food you eat and what kind of foods you put into your body.
  • Sleep Getting an adequate amount of sleep also helps your body be prepared to take on your day. Sleep deficiency and insomnia have been linked to many health-related issues. When you don’t get enough sleep, you put yourself at risk for health issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. It can also cause low mood, high irritability, and psychological issues. Evaluate your sleeping habits and make adjustments as needed like going to bed sooner or seeking help for sleeping disorders. Getting into a routine before you go to bed will help your body know when it’s time to go to sleep.
  • Exercise Not only is getting active good for keeping your body healthy, but it is also a great way to relieve stress. Many people find that going to the gym, taking a quick run, or even going outside with their pets helps them burn off extra steam. It keeps your body in shape and releases endorphins to the brain’s reward system giving you a sense of pleasure and accomplishment.

Emotional Care

There are healthy ways to cope with negative emotions like anger, frustration, and sadness that don’t rely on substances or other self-numbing actions. Try activities that help you work through and regulate these feelings.

  • Set Boundaries Healthy connections require boundaries. You control the kind of energy you let into your life, so be careful what you do and don’t allow. Consider what rules you want to have in place for yourself. This could be not wanting people to invade your personal space or requiring someone to ask if you are emotionally available to come to for advice.
  • Feel Your Emotions Allow yourself the space to feel and express your emotions. Feeling guilty or ashamed about your emotions will only cause you to suppress them which is not healthy. When you let them build up, they have to come out at some point and it may get messy. Emotions are a natural part of being human and therefore finding positive ways to express them will help you feel less ashamed.
  • Have People You Can Lean On Having a support system that you can vent to is a great way to help you deal with your emotions. This can mean finding a therapist you can reach out to or having trustworthy friends and family you can call on that make you feel comfortable talking about your feelings. Opening up to people will also allow you to get advice from people who know you and want the best for you.

Allowing yourself to do things that make you feel good is an important part of maintaining sobriety. After inpatient treatment, take time to learn yourself and what keeps you healthy and refreshed. Attending treatment programs and speaking with a therapist can help you learn mindfulness and behavioral skills that you can use to practice self-care. If you feel that you would benefit from receiving continued care by meeting with a therapist or attending outpatient treatment, Mountain Peak Recovery can help you with your aftercare needs. Our treatment programs can help you find new interests and create better routines that help you practice self-care while maintaining a drug-free lifestyle. As you go through treatment, you can work with our therapists to help identify triggers for substance use, and find self-care activities to replace the desire to use. You can call us at (801) 824-8829 to get started with your recovery treatment now. 

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