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Fostering Self-Love

by | Oct 2, 2020 | Recovery

There are many facets of recovery from substance abuse. The relationship you have with yourself is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Many people struggle to create and nurture a healthy relationship with themselves. Hence, treatment is often a place to tear down longstanding bad habits and start from scratch. Sober Life aims to help you foster a strong sense of self-love that will remain with you long-term. Recovery isn’t an easy road. Still, having a sturdy and healthy relationship with yourself will keep you grounded in the difficult moments and help propel you toward a successful sober life.

Becoming Self-Aware

Before you can even think about changing your ways, you must become self-aware. It’s impossible to change your behavior if you cannot pick up on the unhealthy things you are doing. This skill takes time to strengthen, so try not to get discouraged if it takes you a while to notice the little things you’re doing. The more often you tune into yourself, the better you’re going to get at being self-aware. 

Becoming self-aware isn’t easy work. However, as you practice and improve, you will uncover some difficult thoughts and emotions that you didn’t realize you had. There will be times where you feel uncomfortable, and that’s normal. Discovering intense feelings and memories that you have shoved away can be overwhelming. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, take some time to step away and regroup. Treat yourself with the compassion you would give a friend. Try not to judge the things you are uncovering. You pushed down these emotions and memories because perhaps it was a way of protecting yourself from something that you thought could hurt you. It served you in that moment, so there’s no reason to judge or assume. When you’re ready to return to work through these things, take note of how you talk to yourself. Are your thoughts generally supportive, or are they harsh? Think about why you adopted the tone you currently use to speak with yourself. Start today by paying more attention to how you talk to yourself, noticing how frequently you are negative and mean. The more aware you become of these things, the better equipped you are to change how you talk to yourself. 

Do You Know What Self-Love Really Is?

When people think of self-love, they might think about their appearance or a quality they have that they like. However, authentic self-love is more than body image or picking and choosing what you like about yourself. While it is essential to love your body and appreciate your unique qualities, self-love goes deeper. 

Self love

True self-love is radical acceptance. It’s accepting who you are right now, without judgments. If you have a strong sense of self-love, the pride you have about yourself radiates from you. You have immense confidence, and you believe in yourself completely. Self-love ensures that you are comfortable in your own skin, and you don’t wait for anything to treat yourself with the respect and care that you deserve. You also don’t need to compare yourself to others because you can stand firm in who you are. When you have true self-love, you aren’t afraid to stand tall and make sure that you get what you need to feel safe and secure. Lastly, self-love isn’t thinking you’re perfect. Self-love is knowing you have flaws but loving and accepting yourself anyways. 

Self-Love is Vital for a Successful Recovery

If you are working on your recovery and aren’t working on self-love, your foundation will be shaky. You wouldn’t build a house without a strong and sturdy foundation, so why would you start your recovery on a weak one? Self-love is so crucial because you are genuinely the only person you can always count on. If your self-love is strong, you won’t feel the need to seek validation from others regarding how you should care for yourself. You know what is best for your recovery. Don’t wait around for approval or direction from others. You deserve to feel happy and healthy in your recovery. When you can connect self-awareness and self-love, you are building your recovery on a rock-solid foundation. You shouldn’t expect anything less. 

Everyone can take steps to foster a strong sense of self-love. If you’re just starting out, it can be challenging to know where to begin. Sober Life has some tips for you. We encourage you to do at least one thing each day that nurtures your love for yourself. Reinforcing the love you have for yourself is essential. You should build time in your routine to care for yourself and make sure your needs are being met. A great way to do this is to make journaling a habit. At least once a day, get in touch with your inner thoughts and feelings. Write until you feel lighter and don’t censor anything. The pages you write are for you and you alone. Commit to yourself and your recovery. Figure out what makes you feel good and helps promote a healthy and long-lasting recovery. Further, pay attention to your self-talk. Explore any negative thoughts you have that contradict what you know to be true: your well-being is the most important thing. You have the power to foster self-love in your recovery. Take advantage of this power. You deserve it.

Sober Life is here to help you strengthen the relationship that you have with yourself. We can help you work on becoming self-aware and recognizing the true meaning of self-love. A successful recovery is within reach when you are rooted in true self-love. Sober Life can help you get there. If you have questions about how we can help you take that first step toward recovery, or you just want more information about the programs we offer here at Sober Life, call our staff today at (619) 542-9542. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you the help you need to lead a long-lasting life filled with the joy of sobriety. Call us today to take the first step toward a successful recovery!

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