In recovery, halting the use of drugs is one of the best ways to take care of your health. Many newcomers end up skipping out on other healthy habits. Sometimes people feel burnt out or simply “don’t have the time” to take care of themselves. Please don’t make this mistake! Taking care of yourself now that you’re clean and sober means giving yourself the chance to have a better, healthier, and more serene life.
Getting sober and breaking old habits such as using drugs, staying out at all hours, and isolating is a great thing. It’s hard to stay away from old haunts or friends. Once you’ve stopped doing the things that harm you, it’s time to start replacing those things with healthier habits. These habits will help keep you safe, bring you some serenity, and help you take back your life.
What Are Some Healthy Habits?
Habits are typically things that you do every day or on a schedule. For example, getting up at the same time of day may feel new to you now that you’re in recovery. In treatment, these habits might be a part of your daily schedule. Cleaning up, helping with dinner, and waking up each morning and showering before you head out for the day are all important habits you probably have now that you’re sober.
Other healthy habits that will benefit you are simple, recovery-affirming, and life-affirming habits. Some of these include:
- Going to 12-step meetings regularly, preferably every day. Getting to know people and finding a sponsor you trust are important, too.
- Eating healthy meals, including vegetables and whole grains like brown rice. Studies have shown that healthy eating helps people with better moods.
- Take a walk or bike ride every day. Exercise can help boost your mood, level out your blood pressure, and prevent anxiety.
- Take care of your mental health. Mental health is such an vital part of living your best life, yet some people feel ashamed. If you need help, it’s available. Take your medications if you have any, and reach out to a therapist or mental agency if you need a referral to a mental health professional.
- Do one good thing for yourself every day as a part of self-care. Doing this means taking time for something you love or enjoy. (Addictive hobbies don’t count!) Read a book, meditate, do your nails, go to a yoga class, or spend time listening to music, drawing, or writing.
- Take care of yourself and your stuff. Take pride in your appearance and the things that give you comfort at home. Get a haircut, take care of your skin, and go to doctor appointments. No matter where you live, take time to clean your living quarters, decorate and enjoy your living space.
- Learn how to have fun in recovery. Go surfing, learn a new skill, or plan a movie night with your family or friends. Life has its ups and downs, but adding a little fun can help you get through the tough times.
These are just a few healthy habits you can look forward to in recovery. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get everything done all at once.
The healthiest habit you can have is to choose to stay sober, one day at a time. As long as you stay sober, there’s plenty of time to learn and practice the rest. You’re aiming for progress, not perfection.
Getting Help for Addiction
Are you or somebody you love struggle with drugs or alcohol? Help is available! Recovery is possible for anyone, no matter your background or what you’re addicted to. We offer a place of healing and caring in a trauma-informed, professional, and compassionate environment. Learn more about our programs by calling us at 1-800-970-8774. All calls are 100% confidential.