Self-Care and Wellness

The Art of Self-Care in Sobriety


Sobriety is a journey, and it’s not always easy. It can be hard to know how to take care of yourself if you’re on this journey with us. So we’ve decided to share some tips for self-care! We’ll show you how self-care can help you stay sober, both emotionally and physically, so that you can continue being your best self.

What is self-care?

Self-care is taking care of yourself in a way that makes you feel good and healthy, both physically and emotionally, so that you can be your best self. Self-care is an important part of recovery from addiction.

If you are new to sobriety or have struggled with substance abuse for a long time, self-care may seem like an overwhelming task—but it doesn’t have to be! There are many ways for anyone who wants support or guidance on how best to take care of themselves during this process:

  • Go back over what matters most when it comes down to making choices about your lifestyle; these will likely include food choices (including diet), exercise routines (physical activity), sleeping habits (including sleep quality), stress management practices such as meditation/mindfulness practice…etcetera* Take note of these things when they arise so they don’t become automatic behaviors without thought.* Determine which ones are most critical based on personal preference rather than medical necessity – some people might choose not eat certain foods while others may need more sleep due simply because they work better with their schedules/lives–it’s all up front before starting any new habit/routine.* Don’t forget: It’s okay if none of them work out perfectly right away! Try different options until something feels right – even if it takes some trial & error 🙂

Why is self-care important in sobriety?

Self-care is important in sobriety because it allows you to maintain your well-being, prevent relapse and stay on track with life goals.

Self-care isn’t selfish or lazy—it’s necessary! It gives us the time and space we need to be healthy and happy. Self-care helps us relax, recharge our batteries and rewire our brains for happiness. When we take care of ourselves physically, mentally or emotionally we are able to better recognize when something needs attention so that we don’t ignore it until it becomes more serious than it should be (which can lead back into addiction).

It’s easy for people who have been using drugs or alcohol for a long time not only forget how much they need them but also forget why they started using them in the first place…and these things combined make getting clean difficult at times because there seems no way out once everything has been lost over time due either self inflicted damage through denial or someone else controlling one’s emotions via manipulation tactics such as lies & deceitfulness.”

What are good ways to practice self-care?

Self-care is a necessity, and it’s important to develop your self-love and self-care skills. The best way to do that is with regular practice. Here are some suggestions:

  • Take time out every day for yourself, even if it’s just 15 minutes before bedtime or when you wake up in the morning. And don’t forget about weekends!
  • Ask yourself what makes me feel good right now—and then do that activity as often as possible over the next week (or two).

Make time for your hobbies.

It’s important to make time for hobbies, even in sobriety.

When you’re sober and trying to build your self-care routine back up, it’s easy to feel like you don’t have the energy or motivation to do anything. But hobbies can help give you a sense of purpose—and they’re also an excellent way of distracting yourself from negative thoughts about addiction or recovery.

If you’ve been struggling with feeling discouraged about sobriety and recovery in general, consider taking up an interest that has nothing whatsoever to do with alcohol or drugs (or other substances). There are many things people enjoy doing when they’re sober: going hiking; reading books; playing video games; learning new skills; volunteering at their local community center…the list goes on!

Set realistic goals.

Setting goals is an important part of self-care, especially when you’re just starting out in sobriety. You can set goals that are:

  • Realistic – You don’t have to be the next Michael Jordan (or even LeBron James). Instead, focus on being better than where you were before sobriety. For example, maybe your goal is to lose 10 pounds by the end of this week. That’s definitely achievable!
  • Measurable – It’s important for your goals to be measurable so that they’ll know how much progress they’re making toward their ultimate completion and satisfaction with what they’ve accomplished thus far during their journey toward recovery from addiction/alcoholism/DUI/etcetera

Eat well.

Eating well is one of the most important aspects of self-care. When you’re sober, it’s easy to forget how much your body needs food and nutrients in order to function properly.

In addition to being a good source of energy, healthy food can also help you feel more positive about yourself—and less stressed! A well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables will keep your mind clear as well as help prevent many common health problems such as heart disease or diabetes.

Get enough sleep.

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do for yourself in sobriety, and it’s something that many people forget about. Sleep is essential for your body and mind to function properly, so if you’re not getting enough sleep, it can definitely affect how well you’re able to cope with your recovery process.

How much sleep do I need? It varies from person to person, but on average an adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If possible try to go through a full cycle (from wake up until going back into bed) before noon every day; this is called NREM (non-rapid eye movement) stage sleep—and it’s what humans actually dream in!

Spend time with people who inspire you and who give you positive energy.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is spend time with people who inspire you and make you feel good about yourself.

  • Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself.
  • Spend time with people who are positive and encouraging, not only to others but also to themselves.
  • Spend time with other sober individuals—even if they’re not always around!

Move your body.

Many people struggle with the idea of exercising in sobriety. After all, they’ve been told that exercise makes you feel miserable and unhappy, or that it’ll make you gain weight or lose sleep. But there are ways to get your body moving without feeling like you’re torturing yourself.

  • Exercise can help reduce stress: The Mayo Clinic reports that regular physical activity helps reduce stress levels by boosting endorphins (natural substances produced by the brain when we’re happy), which makes us feel good about ourselves.
  • Exercise helps improve mood: A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that even mild exercise (like taking a walk) can improve mood over time because it increases serotonin levels in your brain—a neurotransmitter linked to happiness!
  • Physical activity boosts self-esteem: A British study published in The Journal of Sports Medicine concluded that moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as running had little effect on self-esteem; however intense exercise like CrossFit training did increase participants’ sense of pride when they showed up at work each day.”

Say no when you need to say no – but don’t isolate yourself.

As a recovering alcoholic, it can be hard to say no. When you’re used to drinking and socializing, saying no can seem like a sign of weakness. It also feels like the only way out of your current situation—so it makes sense that saying yes would be easier than saying no!

But saying no isn’t always easy; in fact, sometimes it feels downright impossible. But the good news is: You don’t have to do everything everyone else wants you to do; in fact, doing so may make things worse for them (and possibly even for yourself).

When I first began working on my sobriety plan as an addict/alcoholic/ex-user with my sponsor years ago, one thing she told me was that if I didn’t want something from someone else but couldn’t say “no” then maybe we should find another way around this problem instead of just letting the other person get their way all willy nilly by trying everything within their power – even if what they wanted doesn’t suit us at all.”

Self-care is taking care of yourself in a way that makes you feel good and healthy, both physically and emotionally, so that you can be your best self.

Self-care is taking care of yourself in a way that makes you feel good and healthy, both physically and emotionally, so that you can be your best self.

The goal of self-care is to make sure our bodies are functioning at their best as much as possible. It’s about giving ourselves the time, space and support we need to recover from addiction or other challenges life throws at us.


We’re not saying that self-care is easy. It takes work, and it can be frustrating at times. But we hope that with these tips, you now know how to practice self care in sobriety and make sure you feel good about yourself!

Sober Mag

I am Sober Mag, a writer who shares my journey and experiences on the road to sobriety. I understand all too well the struggles that come with addiction, as I once struggled with drug abuse myself. But through hard work and determination, I was able to turn my life around and find lasting recovery. Now, I am on a mission to help others do the same. In my writing, I aim to offer a beacon of hope and a source of support for those who are seeking to break free from the grip of substance abuse. My goal is to raise awareness about the power of sobriety and to inspire others to never give up on their journey to a better life.

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