Many people are focused on giving and others for the holidays, it’s easy to get lost in the idea of self care. It’s important to remember in recovery to take care of ourselves so we have something to give when the stress of the holidays catches up.
For some the guilt of the past may put pressure on doing it “right” or “better” this year, instead of being mindful that every year is a new experience not competing with the last. As we experience changes in life, relationships, and many other areas we may be in new realms of doing things different, new traditions and experiences can be met with excitement or expectations that challenge us.
Remembering to take care of ourselves in extremely important to avoid pitfalls in recovery.
Thinking of Balance, Body/ Mind/ Spirit can be helpful in adding self care activities to the mix of holiday busyness.
Some helpful activities may be go for a run or walk, yoga, lay on the floor and stretch, dance, get a mani pedi, go in the sauna or steam room, get a massage, read a book or listen to audio-book, read a magazine, talk to a counselor or mentor, ask for help, de-clutter a room, light a candle and watch the flame, meditate, prayer, breathe deeply, watch the sunset or sunrise, journal, create a personal mission statement, make a vision board, or God box.
Putting yourself in a loving space is important and as you want to give to others it’s vital to give to yourself, remember you cannot give what you do not have.
Kristin Colton CADC II
AToN Center 888-535-1516