Taking care of yourself may seem like a full-time job. Neglecting that “job” though can harm your confidence, relationships, and enjoyment of life. It is important to take care of yourself as it ensures a happier and healthier life, as well as helping you to be more a part of the community you’re in.
Taking good care of yourself is paramount to the success of your recovery process. People in recovery find that their physical, spiritual, and emotional health are all connected and that supporting one supports the others. Taking care of all aspects of you will increase the likelihood that you stay well.
Taking care of yourself means on the inside too. If you always feel negative, consider getting help to change this approach, best via therapy, reading self-help books or spending time around more upbeat people.
Mental disorders and illnesses are not signs of normal wellbeing. Don’t suffer in silence- by reaching out and getting help, you can find ways to improve your life and be less perturbed by daily events. Depression, anxiety, personality disorders, etc. can be managed, so do yourself a favor and seek the help you deserve. Never underestimate the power of talk. Talking with others whom you can trust can make a big difference to how you feel about yourself and your place in the world.
Keep track of when you get hungry, tired, stressed or anxious. Also, write down what makes you happy or what events make you feel like it’s worth getting out of bed in the morning. Review these things so you know the self-care activities that work best for you. Then try to repeat them. Self-Care Activities can be anything small as treating yourself with an ice-cream or working out, or just going for that dance class & enjoying your heart out.
You’ll be able to more easily target what you should avoid during the day and what you could probably use a bit more of in your life.
The key is to keep your mind focused on what you can do to improve your health & regaining your mental peace while balancing your daily stressors with things that make you happy.
In the end, you’ll find a way to take care of yourself while changing your routine into something that’s more manageable. With less stress impacting your mental and physical health, you’ll be able to enjoy life to the fullest.