Substance abuse is an incredibly difficult thing to deal with. Both for the person experiencing it and their friends and family. When you have an addiction, self-care can become tough. All you think about is getting your next fix. So there’s very little time or energy for looking after yourself. Even the basics can fall by the wayside in the face of things that seem more important. When you start to get back on your feet, these skills and lifestyle choices don’t immediately come back. Learning to care for yourself again can take a while. Here are some of the things you can do to start looking after your health.
Deal with the Main Issue
Before you can start thinking about diet or exercise, you need to address your addiction. If you’re reading this, you have probably already sought out some help to get clean and move forward. Perhaps you attended a methadone clinic or another rehab facility. If you’re still working with a medical team, you should discuss your health with them. They can help you to work out what is best for you in terms of eating and exercise, among other things.
Eat a Healthy Diet
While in the throes of your addiction, you may not have paid much attention to what you were eating. You may have become underweight or overweight. But healthy eating can help you with your recovery. Eating correctly can help to give you more energy. It can assist you with your sleep schedule and improve your hair and skin. You can discuss your diet with your doctor, especially if you have suffered damage to any of your internal organs, such as your liver.
Start to Exercise
Regular exercise can be helpful for both your physical and mental health. If you’re eating well, you can ensure you have enough energy to start becoming more active. Exercise can be a good way of dealing with cravings and can improve your quality of life. If you’re getting back to working out during your recovery, it’s important to take things slowly at first. Don’t try to do too much at once or you could end up injuring yourself. You don’t want to be put off working out by a bad experience.
Look After Your Mental Health
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. It’s also perhaps harder to manage. Previously, you may have used substance abuse to deal with your emotions. Without that crutch, you can struggle to work through your feelings in a healthy manner. Ensuring you have appropriate support and counseling will help you to care for your mental health.
It can be difficult to admit that you deserve to pamper yourself now and then. You might feel that you aren’t ready to pay attention to your wants and needs. But some time spent relaxing and working on your image can help you to feel confident again. You could have your hair done or get a massage to indulge in some time to yourself.
It’s not easy to get back on track when you’re in recovery for an addiction. However, looking after your health should be one of your priorities.