As you get into the swing of recovery, you’re probably eager to do all you can to improve your ability to maintain your sobriety — and part of that is taking good care of yourself. You don’t need anyone to tell you that addiction takes a toll on your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Whether you’re dealing with addiction or not, the same rules of healthy living apply: Eat regular, well-balanced, nutritious meals; get enough good-quality sleep each night so you wake up refreshed, renewed and ready to take on the day; and schedule some time every day to be physically active and to de-stress. These are all crucial elements for staying healthy — and that’s closely tied to staying sober.
By tending to your physical health, you’re helping to even out your emotions so you can focus on your recovery needs better. You’re also boosting your self-esteem, and the more confidence you have, the better able you’ll be to protect yourself against relapse. This really is the start of a whole new life for you — one that can be healthy, happy and sober.
Sources: American Psychological Association; Complementary Therapies in Medicine; Abbie Gellman, MS, RD; Journal of Addiction Medicine; Medline Plus; National Institutes on Drug Abuse; Mental Health and Physical Activity; National Institute on Mental Health; National Sleep Foundation; Nutrients; Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP; PLOS One; Rob Weiss; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Rebecca Williams, PhD.