Self-care is a crucial skill for every person, either as they begin to explore a sober life in detox or as they manage urges, cravings, and more as an alumnus. However, self-care routines and strategies can also be difficult to maintain, with a deluge of daily stresses all impacting a person’s schedule, stress levels, and more. While having a consistent and effective outlet for self-care is important, it is equally as important to ensure that each person’s approach to self-care is diverse, with multiple plans for self-care being essential for ensuring their continued efficacy.
What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is any kind of action taken to improve a person’s physical or mental health, either by helping to release stress or by allowing oneself to rest and recuperate following physically or mentally exhausting situations. Self-care is the cornerstone of effective healing and empowers each alumnus to address stress, urges, cravings, and more. However, effective self-care plans will also be wholly unique, with each person benefitting from personalized strategies and approaches.
Tending to personal needs, interests, hobbies, and more is a part of effective self-care, and can ensure that each individual isn’t compromising personal needs to address particular stresses. For some, this kind of self-care comes in the form of engaging with hobbies to provide the brain a chance to distance itself from stressful thoughts.
However, effective self-care also incorporates a degree of self-awareness and mindfulness, being able to not only have a plan to address stress and personal needs but also the ability to identify these needs as they arise. Professionals at Hawaii Island Recovery can help each individual explore the skills necessary to identify personal challenges and stresses, and can also begin the process of exploring options for personalized self-care routines.
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Forms of Self-Care
No two people will approach their own best self-care strategies in the same way. Rather, self-care is most effective when it is wholly personalized to a person’s interests, goals, needs, and opportunities. Some potential forms of self-care that alumni of Hawaii Island Recovery can explore include:
- Meditation or other mindfulness strategies like yoga
- Relaxing with a favorite book, television show, or video game
- Dedicating time to engage in personal hobbies like art, writing, working with cars, or any other kind of personal interest
- Journaling personal experiences
- Getting out in nature through daily hiking, walking with pets or along the beach, or having a familiar place to sit and feel the breeze
- Regular exercise outlets or routines
- Healthy dieting and consistent mealtimes
While each of these on their own can provide a great approach to addressing personal needs, a combination of strategies and multiple plans for self-care are essential to truly embrace their benefits in recovery.
The Importance of Having Multiple Plans for Self-Care
Finding a self-care outlet that resonates with a person is a wonderful experience, and can be the beginning of a healthy, transformed daily life as a sober alumnus. However, finding an effective self-care outlet does not mean that a person should stop developing other self-care strategies and practices.
It can be impossible to predict what new stresses may manifest for alumni. New and unforeseen challenges to a person’s sobriety may arise, such as navigating workplace stresses, while others will continue to update goals throughout their journey. Just as stresses change, self-care strategies also update and change as time passes.
Having multiple plans for self-care has several essential benefits for those continuing to manage their sobriety as an alumnus. Keeping each person’s approach to self-care flexible empowers them to not only continue to address new stresses but also allows them to amend or drop previous self-care strategies if they are no longer effective.
Likewise, an individual may not necessarily always have access to a particular self-care strategy or outlet when stresses arise. Having a single practiced self-care strategy and having it become compromised can allow those in recovery to be an unnecessary risk for the effects of urges, cravings, stress, and more. Creating multiple plans for self-care can instead empower those in recovery to have a strategy to address multiple kinds of needs and stresses, as well as ensure that there is always an option regardless of where and how such stresses manifest.
Make Daily Plans for Self-Care
Self-care strategies are important in daily life. Treating each person’s self-care routines as just as important as other parts of daily life is crucial for making the most of their potential and ensuring they are effective in preventing stresses, challenges, urges, cravings, and more from negatively affecting a person’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health.
Incorporating various plans for self-care into daily life at various times – such as after work, to start the day, or to prepare for bed, with different strategies used for each – is paramount to best navigate stress and tend to each alumni’s personal needs. Normalizing daily self-care practices can also help an individual quickly identify additional stresses and continue to refine their needs and strategies based on what is most effective.
Using the structures and schedules practiced during a person’s time throughout rehab in Hawaii can be a great launching point for establishing effective and varied self-care routines outside of the treatment facility. However, should new and difficult stresses arise, Hawaii Island Recovery is always just one call away to help each alumnus explore new ways to care for their health and sobriety.
Our approach to rehab in Hawaii celebrates the chance to not only help you explore new self-care routines and outlets but to embrace a plethora of strategies for a sustainable and transformative recovery experience. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we understand that overcoming addiction and substance use disorder means addressing many areas of life, from managing urges and cravings to addressing relationships, stress, mental health disorders, and much more, and our varied and holistic approach to treatment extends to offering a myriad of self-care opportunities and perspectives. To learn how we can help you explore new self-care outlets, or make the most of the skills you have already practiced, call to speak to us today at (866) 390-5070.