self care with dr louise

Just as individuals in recovery develop a toolbox to support their journey, family members also need to prioritize self-care activities to navigate the challenges they face. The key is to keep it simple and focus on activities that cater to your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, aligning with your values. Here’s a practical approach to building your self-care toolbox.  Use your creative imagination… The alphabet goes from a to z, so if you’re stuck, I am sure the alphabet can help you out.

Daily Activity Schedule:

  • Physical Activities (e.g., walking, yoga, dancing)
  • Emotional Activities (e.g., calling a friend, attending a support group, planning a vacation)
  • Spiritual or Values-Based Activities (e.g., attending a religious service, volunteering, meditating)

By scheduling and incorporating three activities each week from each category, you create a balanced routine that nurtures different aspects of your well-being. Some days may involve combining activities, such as taking a walk followed by meditation. If you find yourself stuck, try brainstorming activities from A to Z to spark new ideas.

The aim is to break free from patterns of worry and focus on solutions rather than problems. By committing to this routine for three weeks, you’ll likely experience a shift in perspective and a surge of newfound energy. Remember, take it one day at a time and stay present in the moment.

Getting Started:

Feel free to use this simple chart to track your daily activities and progress:

DayPhysical Activity 1Physical Activity 2Emotional Activity 1Emotional Activity 2Spiritual/Values Activity 1Spiritual/Values Activity 2

Remember, self-care is not selfish; it’s essential for your well-being and resilience. Take time each day to nurture yourself, and you’ll soon notice the positive impact it has on your overall outlook and ability to support your loved one in recovery. Embrace this journey one activity at a time, and prioritize your health and happiness along the way.

Addiction In The Family

In the journey of overcoming addiction as a family, resources like “Addiction in the Family: Helping Families Navigate Challenges, Emotions, and Recovery” by Dr. Louise Stanger serve as guiding lights. This insightful book offers compassionate guidance tailored towards addressing substance use disorder (SUD) within the family dynamic. Providing practical advice on setting boundaries, managing emotions, exploring treatment options, and fostering honest communication with loved ones facing addiction, Dr. Louise Stanger’s expertise shines through real-life examples that resonate with readers. For families seeking tools, insights, and resources to navigate the complexities of addiction and thrive together, this book is a valuable companion on the path to healing. You can explore more about this transformative resource on Amazon.

Adventures Great & Small Can Change Your Life

In addition to building your self-care toolbox, it’s important to explore diverse avenues for personal growth and well-being. A special shoutout to Shelby Stanger, an esteemed author and speaker, whose insights and resources empower individuals to harness the power of adventure for personal transformation. Shelby’s dedication to helping people use adventure to enhance their lives aligns perfectly with the ethos of self-care and holistic well-being. For valuable resources and inspiration on leveraging adventure for self-improvement, be sure to visit Shelby Stanger’s website at Embrace new experiences and possibilities as you embark on a journey of self-discovery and fulfillment.