Staying sober for the long-term is a task that is accomplished by putting together a ton of little pieces every day. That is, every small decision you make, even if it seems insignificant, can really help you to stay sober.
Self-care encompasses a number of those little decisions, often the kinds of decisions that you do not even think about. In fact, you are likely doing most of these already and, in so doing, improving your ability to stay sober.
What Is Self-Care?
Self-care includes all the choices you make to lower your stress, improve your overall health, and increase your energy levels throughout the day. Engaging in self-care means to prioritize your emotional and physical needs so you have the time and energy to do all the things you want to accomplish in life. Doing so means to strive for a sense of balance in all things, and finding ways to give yourself a break and improve your ability to live and work more effectively in relation to others.
Why Self-Care Is Important?
When little attention is paid to self-care, you are more likely to feel stressed out, tired, irritable, and uninterested in doing much of anything – spending time with friends, working, or engaging in hobbies or recovery-related therapies. When you do show up to things, you may not give them your full attention and energy. When it comes to recovery, that can mean that you are not getting all you need out of the experience to help you keep moving and progressing.
Too often, this can lead to stagnation in recovery and a sense that things just aren’t working the way they should. When a stressor arises, it can mean that suddenly drinking or using drugs seems like the only response because there is little energy or desire to engage in healthier coping mechanisms.