Sometimes recovery is waking up early to write in coffee shops and practicing yoga and eating lots of fruit and chocolate and sometimes it’s staying in bed all day and hiding from the world until you can stop crying. All of this is okay. What’s important is that you take care of yourself no matter what kind of day you’re having.
- Try yoga or meditation.
- Do breathing exercises.
- Listen to relaxing playlists.
- Play cute relaxing games like this one where you’re a giraffe kissing other giraffes or sushi cat.
- Get rid of clutter.
- Take a walk (or run if you prefer) somewhere that isn’t crowded.
- Make a pinterest board of positive and soothing affirmations.
- Print out pictures you find soothing and post them around your house.
- Tell yourself that it will be okay, that everything is temporary, and that you got this, you got this, you got this.
- Write a letter to all the things that have been stressing you. Vent. Say all the things you wouldn’t say out loud.
- Treat yourself with the same love and care you’d treat a child.
- Do one thing at a time. One step at a time. Break down large goals in small quantifiable goals. Less goals like “I’m going to work out more”, and more goals like “I’m going to do ten jumping jacks and 20 minutes of cardio tonight”.
- Observe your vocabulary. Don’t say “I can’t do this”. Say “this is hard, but I’ve done hard things before, and I’ll do my best.”
- Get rid of stressful elements/people you don’t need in your life. An old friendship now causes you more trouble than happiness, but you’ve been keeping it around because of old time’s sake? Cut it out.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Surround yourself with as many good things as possible.
- Focus on the present moment. Cutting vegetables? Focus on the feel of the knife in your hand, the motion of the knife slicing through, the smell, the texture, the sound. What are you doing right now? What does the air feel like? What can you hear? What can you feel? Take it all in. Breathe. Right now is a great place to be.