3 Simple Self-Care Rituals in Recovery
How’s your Self-Care?
When we are in active addiction our self-care definitely takes a back seat. We don't get enough sleep. We don't eat well or hydrate enough. We don't exercise enough. We are in a constant detox to retox loop. 

Do you make time for yourself?
Do you feel selfish about taking time for yourself?
Do you take the necessary steps to make your recovery a priority? 
If you don't then STOP right now! 
These things should all be a nonnegotiable!
Especially in Recovery. 

I’m going to share with you a few simple tools that will help you live a more peaceful and present life. 
Don’t overthink and complicate things. 
Create a schedule and stick to it. 
Take care of yourself.
Your health and well-being is the most important thing.
It doesn't matter if you have 1 month, 1 year to 10 years sober your self-care is not up for discussion. 
Your body is a temple. Treat it like one. It's the one thing we are stuck with forever! 

Here are 3 Simple Self-Care Rituals to Bring YOU Peace in Recovery

1) Understand that Self-Care can be ANYTHING!
Self-care can be reading a book, taking a salt bath, going for a walk, taking a nap, going to bed earlier, journaling, meditation, a yoga class, a nice dinner with friends and family, or a Netflix marathon.
YES! These are all things that allow us to check out and recharge the mind and body.
Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive.
Yeah! We know how expensive active addiction was.
Self-care is just honoring what your body needs at that moment.

2) Figure out What Relaxes YOU!
When we practice self-care we are doing things that relax and calm us.
This is different for all of us.
For some it’s doing mindless tasks, and for others it might be baking or cooking a 5 course meal.
So, ask yourself that question.
If you’re going to take time for yourself… What makes YOU feel relaxed?

3) YOU have to make Yourself a Priority! 
I probably say this 100 plus times a year.
If you’re not taking time for yourself and caring for yourself, then how can you care for others in your life? We all know how our families felt neglected in active addiction. 
This special time you carve out for yourself is imperative.
It’s for YOU, but also for those in your life.
When you feel recharged, YOU become less reactive.
When you have peace, you're more positive and the little shit doesn’t bother you.
Thank God. LOL! 

Most importantly… 
Remember to breathe.
Smile. Feel Gratitude. 
Thank God for leading us down the right path in recovery.
And, don’t forget to laugh!
Life is such a beautiful gift. 
Sobriety is so amazing and living in a state of joy is what we all deserve. 

Live Free in Recovery


Sheri Matthews


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