I didn’t go through a traditional “recovery” program when I stopped drinking. I just stopped, with very little plan in place. Luckily, things didn’t get bad enough to seek any sort of help and I was able to quit on my own. But, the more I read about more traditional recovery methods, the more I see the term “self-care” and I realize that I practiced some self-care habits without even knowing that it was such a thing. These self-care habits helped me immensely in my early days of sobriety and I thought I’d share some of mine with you today.
I drank this concoction daily–often multiple times a day–during the early days of my sobriety. I think I first tried it due to a head cold, but found it so comforting that I continued on with it through that winter and beyond.
Take one small “knob” of ginger root, peeled and diced into chunks. (Not too small, because then the chunks will float up and you’ll inadvertently drink them. You want the chunks to hang out in the bottom of the mug.)
Pour boiling water over the top and let it steep for several minutes.
Squeeze the juice of one lemon in plus a shake of cayenne pepper, about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and either a little Stevia or a drop or two of honey to taste.
This “tea” also does wonders for a sore throat or cough. The cayenne warms from the inside and it’s oddly comforting. It’ll cure what ails you–be it physical or emotional.
I threw myself into a few different classes at my gym during those early days of sobriety. I was searching for a place to be social, (well, about as social as I ever care to be…spoiler alert: not very social) that didn’t involve the prospect of “going for drinks” and my local YMCA filled that niche for me. I found a few classes (and instructors) that I liked and I went religiously to those classes. This, along with omitting the calories from alcohol, resulted in a pretty significant weight-loss for me. For the first time in my life, I felt strong–in every sense of the word. It was a game-changer for sure.
I dove into a few books during this time too. I enjoyed having time before bed when I was sober and I looked forward to reading before sleep. I remember enjoying “Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom“ during this time. It was great to feel like I wasn’t alone.
Also, this book: “Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety“
I still practice self-care on a daily basis. I’ve learned that I have to address my needs before they pile up and explode in my face. I make no apologies about taking care of myself.
Tell us how you practice “self-care”…