Ah, Monday- we meet again.
For millions of people across the country, this isn’t an ordinary Monday- it’s also the first day of school. Rather you’re harolding your children off to another year of scholarly bliss or you’re returning to the classroom yourself, this time of year is exciting… and stressful. No kids during the day can lead to empty time and loneliness; returning to school, especially after a long absence, is intimidating and can breed self-doubt.
Neither of those things is particularly helpful to addiction recovery.
So what do you do about that? How do you keep yourself firmly on the path of sobriety while juggling not only these changes brought on by the new school year, but other stressful or challenging moments in your life?
Well, that boils down to self-care.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is a fancy way of categorizing the things we do in order to keep us in good condition mentally, physically, and emotionally. This can range from small things like maintaining your morning hygiene routines to larger acts of self-care such as planning yearly vacations to get away from it all.
Regardless of what self-care looks like to you, it needs to achieve three things:
- Lower stress and anxiety levels
- Restore energy, peace, and center
- Benefit your mind, body or spirit in a healthy and positive way
Learning to take care of yourself- truly take care of yourself- takes time and patience. It’s a self-study, and exploration of who you are and what you need to be at your best. So if you need a bit of help figuring it all out, here are 25 acts of self-care to get through a bad day.
- Talk to your sponsor.
- Listen to uplifting music or music that speaks to you.
- Take a power nap.
- Enjoy a good cup of herbal tea.
- Go for a walk, hike, or jog.
- Play with your pets.
- Read a book.
- Watch your favorite comedy movie.
- Write about what’s bothering you, then burn the paper.
- Soak in the tub or take a nice, long shower.
- Give yourself a manicure or pedicure.
- Get a professional massage.
- Go for a swim.
- Draw or write anything.
- Watch fluffy YouTube videos.
- Get in a good workout.
- Cry or scream to get it out of your system.
- Meet up with your best friend.
- Play your favorite game from childhood.
- Set a new, attainable goal and plan out how you will achieve it.
- Have a small serving of your favorite dessert or comfort food.
- Do something kind for someone else.
- Put on the outfit that makes you feel most comfortable and confident.
- Clean and rearrange your living space.