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The Importance of Self-Empathy in Recovery

Why Self-Compassion is Necessary in Recovery

When embarking on the journey toward recovery and wellness, it is important to show yourself the kindness and patience you deserve. The experts at Tranquil Shores are here to help you work toward a more compassionate relationship with yourself as you work toward a sober lifestyle.

Developing Self-Empathy

Talk to Your Younger Self

Whether you struggle with substance abuse or not, it is common for people to be overly critical and harsh with themselves when making mistakes. A simple way to combat this inherently negative behavior is to talk to yourself as you would a child. This helps you calmly assess different situations and view them as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than chastise yourself.

Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Many people struggling with substance use disorders also suffer from mental health issues like anxiety and depression, especially in recovery. Fortunately, practicing mindfulness meditation can pull you out of your head and bring you back to your present self.

When you feel overwhelmed, try closing your eyes and focusing on your breath and the current sensations you can physically feel to help quiet your anxious thoughts.

Acknowledge Your Accomplishments

While it’s easy to focus on your shortcomings when making a commitment to yourself to change your lifestyle, it’s important to acknowledge your accomplishments. While sobriety is a life-long process that takes time and dedication, your little wins add up to help you meet that goal each and every day.

When you’re feeling down on yourself, be sure to look at where you began and how far you’ve come since then.

Seeking Help at Tranquil Shores

Whether you’re recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, Tranquil Shores can help you every step of the way toward wellness and recovery. Our experienced clinical team of addiction experts is dedicated to providing unique and personalized therapy to those looking for help with substance use disorders in Florida.

Please call us at (727) 888-6623 or contact us online to take the first step on the road to recovery today.

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