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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Self-Care Tips to Try This Valentine's Day

We’ve talked about how self-care is key to lasting sobriety and Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to put it to the test. 

Let’s start by defining self-care. Here’s a good definition from Goodtherapy.org: “At its most basic definition, self-care is any intentional action taken to meet an individual’s physical, mental, spiritual or emotional needs. In short, it’s the little ways we take care of ourselves to avoid a breakdown in those respective areas of health.”

So with this in mind, what are some simple steps you can take to nurture yourself on Valentine’s Day and everyday? Here are a few ideas to get you started: 
  • Go for a long walk or hike and pop in some headphones and listen to your favorite tunes.
  • Create a piece of artwork — color, draw, paint, cut and paste, whatever helps spark your creativity.
  • Make yourself a proper meal – whether a hearty breakfast, warm lunch or well-rounded dinner with fresh ingredients. 
  • Tame negative self-talk by telling yourself something encouraging like “I’m doing my best today.” Or, take it a step further and post the affirmation where you’ll see it every day. 
  • Listen to a podcast about something that interests you or that you want to learn more about.
  • Attend a support group meeting and share – or just listen. 
  • Give yourself a giggle by watching your favorite movie or meeting up with a friend who always tickles your funny bone.
  • Carve out some quiet time – to just relax and reflect, mediate or get lost in a good book. Or dim the lights, lie on the floor and just breathe.
  • Check in with yourself emotionally – how do you feel? Are any negative thoughts interfering with your growth and recovery?
  • Do something nice for someone else – with no strings attached. 
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