What is Self-Care and why is it such a Big Deal in Early Sobriety ?
When you stop drinking, it’s important to learn some genuine self-care techniques or you risk finding yourself in a place where you reach for a bottle, because the way you’ve often been encouraged to care for yourself, is to drink. Almost every person in our community drank as a form of self-care. Missguided self-care but self-care nonetheless. Sadly, in the last ten or twenty years, we’ve been encouraged to drink wine as self-care, and all of those pretty pink drinks that are all the rage now are a continuation of the “self-care illusion”.
Pink is the color of health.
So here are some posts from inside BOOM and elsewhere that will help. I have heard it said that the best thing you can do for your health is read. So here you go …. let’s get healthy!
If you are anywhere in the first 30 days alcohol-free that is a terrific article to help you know what to expect.
Understanding HALT is crucial.
Much of the withdrawal symptoms both long and short term are your liver repairing its self. Your liver is the largest organ in your body. It can heal from the damage done if you stop drinking before it gets too far ..
I was very surprised to learn that our livers can be damaged without the damage showing up on blood tests. There is a terrific documentary in this post that explains that well, Disney Mentality
Thoughts on liver repair –
PAWS stands for post-acute withdrawal syndrome. It’s important to understand what it is and not be afraid of it. There is lots of information in that post. For me, it meant that sometimes during the first year Alcohol-Free I was very tired and needed to sleep a lot- For others it can mean different things. It’s about healing.
Learn something every day, read and read and read… fill the void left by alcohol with knowledge and inspiration and you’ll be practicing genuine self-care without question before you know it
And share what you learn with us! That’ll make you feel good too
More thoughts on that in this post
and here as well
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