Friday, June 30, 2017

Self-Care for Parents and Loved Ones

It’s fairly easy to neglect your own needs when someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder. Yet making yourself a priority will help you better care for your loved one. Taking the time to fuel your mind and body will give you more energy and increased patience – and, overall, you’ll be happier and healthier. And you deserve it!

Start by focusing on these self-care basics: 

  • Make nutrition a priority: Eating a healthful diet can help you have more energy, a better mood, increased concentration and better problem-solving skills. Some diet tips to keep in mind: Eat three meals a day, aim for at least 20 grams of protein, four cups of fresh fruit and vegetables daily, drink plenty of water and steer clear of processed foods.
  • Develop an exercise routine: Regular exercise will help you “work out” any emotions you’re feeling toward your loved one or the situation itself. Even something as simple as a daily, morning walk can give you a little “me time” and help you de-stress. 
  • Seek support: Whether you choose an in-person or online support group, reaching out to others who have been in your shoes can help minimize any loneliness or isolation you’re feeling. Plus, some of their stories and strategies may work for you, or inspire you to come up with coping strategies of your own. Another option: Consider making an appointment with a mental health professional for individual or group therapy.
  • Take stress seriously: Irritability, insomnia, trouble concentrating, forgetfulness – these are all signs of stress and red flags for you to slow down and better care for yourself. Unmanaged stress will not only make your day-to-day much more difficult but it can also lead to some serious health risks, including heart disease, cancer and premature aging. Make an effort to make stress management part of your everyday – whether you take a walk, meditate, listen to music or meet up with a calming friend.

  • To Parents & Loved Ones of HAUS Recovery Clients
    Your love, support, and personal healing are a vital part of your loved one’s recovery. At Haus Recovery, our case managers keep the lines of communication open and help you to revitalize your family relationships. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

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