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Making Yourself a Priority

One of the most difficult things for some people to do is to commit to themselves and make a commitment to taking care of themselves both physically and mentally. Recovery is a process, not something you check off of your To Do list. Because it is a process, it is essential that you make your recovery sustainable. In order to ensure long-term sustainability, it is vital that you make yourself a priority.

The first step in prioritizing yourself is acknowledging your needs. Recognize the things that make you happy in your life. Sometimes its certain people, while other times it is as simple as reading a good book before you go to bed. When you find things in life that make you feel fulfilled, peaceful, and meaningful, hang on to them and make them an integral part of your life. There are also things that you need in your life that you may not really want. For instance, you may not initially like exercising, but it is good for your body and will enrich your life over the long-term, so this, too, should be a priority.

Next, now that you know what components you need in your life to have your ideal recovery, the question becomes about creating time for all of these things in an already full schedule. One highly effective strategy for this is through protecting your time. One seemingly simple way to protect your time is by saying no to others. Surprisingly, this can be very difficult for people, but it is a critical life skill. When other people begin to inhibit your ability to have and do the things you need to keep yourself sane and healthy, it is time to say no. If they care about you and understand your position, they will accept your decision. If not, you may need to reevaluate the benefits and the nature of that relationship. It is perfectly fine to do things for others and to spend time helping other people. However, you can’t make a habit of choosing other people above yourself.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please get the help you need. Villa Tranquil welcomes women between the ages of 18-65 to join a supportive group of addiction experts and others recovering from addiction in peaceful, healthy surroundings. Call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 to get the help you need and begin your recovery journey.