Self-care doesn’t come easily for us all. It can be difficult to find the will to do tasks when all we want to do is lay in bed. You can’t push off self-care, however, and expect everything to run smoothly. You can’t rush through it just to check off the box and move on. This won’t do you any good. Instead, you must be intentional with your self-care, making conscious choices to complete the little tasks that build up into bigger ones.
What Factors into Self-Care?
Self-care encompasses many things. You must not only get enough sleep but enough restful sleep. You must not only eat at consistent times but eat healthily. You must not isolate yourself, but make meaningful connections with those around you. Being mindful of all of these things, plus anything else you’re doing is a must when it comes to self-care. Allow yourself the space to focus on one task at a time. Trying to juggle all of these things is just going to lead to a mess when you cannot juggle them any longer. Think mindfulness over multitasking.
Self-Care With Others
A part of self-care that people often forget is that they need to be connecting with other people. Adequate human interaction is important for people struggling with mental illness or addiction. You want to find a balance between others and yourself. While being around healthy people is important, it’s also important to create a healthy space by yourself. Make sure you enjoy your own presence and do not rely on others for everything. We are wired for interaction with ourselves and others.
Do Many Small Things
Doing many small things is more important than doing one large thing. The small things will add up and build upon each other. A big thing is a difficult task to complete, and it might leave you feeling exhausted by the end of the task. Instead, practice doing small things that will help your self-care routine. These can be taking the time to sit outside and breathe the fresh air, reading a book, or setting a positive intention for the day. Self-care is a process. Allow the things you do to build upon one another.
Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you practice self-care during your recovery. Call us today at 844-413-2690 for more information about how we can help you. We have many programs that can be beneficial during your recovery. Call now. You won’t be disappointed.