How Self-Care Helps With Recovering From Challenging Times
Do you ramp up self-care when times get tough? While it might sound like a lot to ask when life is busy and bumpy, it can help you far more than comfort food or indulging in alcohol or drugs. In fact, drug abuse is the number one cause of accidental death in the United States, tragically and suddenly taking tens of thousands of lives each year.
Thankfully, if you’re recovering from tough times, there are ways you can take your well-being into your own hands. Simple practices you can do at home to relieve stress could also help you break free from its clutches.
Get Some Shut Eye
It’s called “recovering” for a reason: both your emotional and physical selves are in a state of recuperation after having been through the wringer of stress. Getting enough sleep at night will help you stay on solid ground. To promote sound sleep, it might be time to upgrade your bedroom — think of it as both a way to reward yourself for overcoming all you have and a way to keep yourself on track. You can invest in blackout curtains and a white noise machine to block out light and noise, and if it’s been a while since you’ve updated your bedding, think about getting a new mattress as well. After 7-10 years, mattresses typically need upgrading, as they sag and won’t provide the support you need for restful sleep.
Medical and Dental Concerns
It’s possible that your poor sleep is connected to a physical concern. For instance, snoring is often the result of an improper bite. You can often address issues such as this with nonsurgical methods, such as in-home alignment therapies like Byte or Candid. These cost a fraction of what braces or products like Invisalign cost, and while your treatment plan would be designed by a dentist or orthodontist, you wouldn’t need to visit a dentist’s office, which can be a big plus.
Other physical issues that might influence your ability to sleep well include things like GERD, arthritis and certain medications. Your doctor can help if you’re struggling to find an answer.
One of the most important things you can do is to start your own daily self-care routine. Although many people struggle to find time for self-care, making it a habit helps reduce your stress levels.
Your daily stress relief could be as simple as spending five minutes of peace and quiet in a room by yourself. It could also take the form of attending regular yoga classes at your favorite local studio, enjoying a candlelit bath each night, or hiring a personal trainer to help you get in better shape. Whether you get a few minutes or an entire hour of time to yourself each day, make the most of it and help curb your cravings with some self-care.
Manage Depression and Anxiety
It’s important to find ways to manage depression, anxiety, fear, and other uncomfortable emotions that can pop up when you’re coming away from tough times — and throughout a lifetime. One of the trickiest aspects of depression and anxiety is that many people often don’t even realize when they are experiencing it.
According to Mayo Clinic, here are some warning signs to look for:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Change in sleeping habits
- Emotional outbursts
- Tiredness and lack of energy
- Trouble thinking or concentrating
If you suspect you might be depressed, talk to your doctor, counselor, or other trained professional. There are treatment options available and services through professionals like Ibere Mental Health, and simple self-care techniques you can implement at home to help reduce your symptoms. Luckily, many of the self-care habits mentioned above can help treat anxiety and depression. For instance, yoga, exercise, meditation, and even spending time with your pet have all been shown to reduce troubling feelings while easing the mind.
Beyond Self-Care: When to Seek Professional Help
A daily self-care practice is important for anyone, not just those who are recovering from stressful times. Even if you find yourself slipping into unhealthy routines, you can use self-care to get back on track. If you try the methods above and are still struggling, talk to a medical professional.
For quality personalized therapy and support, connect with Ibere Mental Health Services. Telehealth and group appointments are available; please call 516-519-9891 to learn more.