Let’s say you’ve detoxed successfully, but now the real work begins as you stay sober.
When you’re struggling with addiction’s Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), self care is essential.
According to Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina, self-care increases positive emotions like joy, gratitude, hope and serenity:
“When people increase their daily diets of positive emotions, they find more meaning and purpose in life. They also find that they receive more social support — or perhaps they just notice it more, because they’re more attuned to the give-and-take between people.
They report fewer aches and pains, headaches, and other physical symptoms. They show mindful awareness of the present moment and increased positive relations with others. They feel more effective at what they do. They’re better able to savor the good things in life and can see more possible solutions to problems. And they sleep better.
Self-care can look different to everyone. Seek out whatever it is that you enjoy doing that will fortify your mind, body and soul.
Here are 10 Tips for Self Care:
- Soak for 20 minutes in a hot Epsom salt bath with baking soda and lavender oil
- Go for a walk in nature
- Do Yoga
- Cardio exercise
- Play with your pet
- Go see a funny movie
- Treat yourself to a therapeutic massage
- Eat protein, veggies and fresh fruit to stay healthy
- Drink lots of water and take your vitamins
- Arrange to have the neighbors take your kids to school or have them picked up.
- Get on YouTube and listen to free guided meditations or self hypnosis.
Living in PAWS is draining. You can’t afford not to take care of yourself.
Take some time to nourish yourself and see how you feel. It will be a gift not only to yourself, but also for your loved ones around you.
In addition, self-care can make you more resilient, meaning you can adapt and roll with life’s ups and downs better, without falling into despair or getting angry when you have a setback.