Why Self Care Is Important

Why Self Care Is Important
Addiction February 9, 2020
Author: Ilana Jael

When our own daily needs are met, we are better able to support others, achieve our goals, and avoid depression, guilt, codependency, or anxiety.1,2 By paying attention to self-care and engaging in wellness-focused sober living programs, you can better recover from the physical and mental stresses of addiction.

Especially during times of life transition, such as leaving for college, relocating, or moving out of a sober living facility, taking care of your physical and emotional needs is critical. Let’s look at the reasons to take better care of yourself, and how a few simple steps can improve your mental outlook and physical resiliency.

Reasons to Practice Better Self-Care

The overall reason to practice good self-care is that you are worth it. All of your relationships and many of your opportunities will benefit when you take the time to take care of yourself. Some of the reasons you should feel justified in making your own mental and physical wellness a priority include:

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Ways to Improve Your Self-Care Habits

Creating a self-care plan can be as simple as a to-do list of things you truly want to do. Making sure that you are making self-care a priority in daily life often involves breaking old habits and replacing them with new ones. This process takes time, but it starts with adding these types of self-care activities to your daily routine:

Self-Care Sometimes Starts with Choosing Sobriety

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, self-care starts with treating that illness. Choosing to take the first steps to recovery will lead to a better quality of life for everyone impacted by this addiction. Talk to a compassionate person who understands how drugs or alcohol can stand in the way of taking care of yourself or your family.

At RECO Institute in Delray Beach, FL, we put your wellness first in all of our treatment programs and sober living homes. Contact us today to seize the resources and find the support you need to change to a more rewarding and fulfilling way of life.


  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/two-takes-depression/201702/why-self-care-is-hard-depressed-individuals
  2. https://www.verywellmind.com/importance-of-self-care-for-health-stress-management-3144704
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