Loving and supporting someone who is in addiction recovery is a noble calling. It can also be rather draining—and if you’re not careful, it can take a toll on your own mental health.
One way to avoid this is to practice self-care. Here are a few ways to do so.
Preserving Your Own Mental Health
Adopt a self-care mindset. First, make sure you’re thinking rightly: Taking time for self-care isn’t selfish, and it’s not depriving your loved one. It’s actually good for both of you. After all, you simply can’t care for anyone else if your own basic needs aren’t being met. Don’t beat yourself up for practicing some self-care!
Step back when you need to. You may have moments where you simply need to step away, get some air, or politely decline to talk about a heated topic. Don’t be afraid to preserve a little time for yourself, or to recharge your batteries as needed.
Talk to someone. Just like the person who is in recovery, you need to have someone in your corner—someone you can talk to and vent as needed. Ideally, you’ll find a support group for the friends and family of addicts; or, you’ll start seeing a counselor on your own.
Do the things you love. It’s important to have some outlets—some hobbies or creative pastimes you can lose yourself in, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time. Again, it’s vital to recharge your own batteries.
Rest. Finally, make sure you’re sleeping. It’s okay to rest up, ensuring you have strength and clarity for the next day’s challenges. In fact, getting sufficient sleep is vital.
Self-care is critical for helping a friend or loved one through their addiction recovery. Learn more about resources for caregivers, via the team at Seacliff Recovery!
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