Staying Clean and Sober Allows me to Take Care of Myself
Published On: October 20, 20141.8 min read
Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
I feel good about myself since I started taking care of my body. It’s the home that goes with me each day of my life.
–Bill L. – Age 17
When we were using, we often neglected our bodies and personal hygiene. We may have also stopped getting regular medical and dental care. It seemed that the ups and downs of a user’s life left us with little energy for personal care.
Today we are surprised at how much joy we get out of smelling good and dressing with care. Many of us are developing our own personal style.
At first, we might need to force ourselves to call for regular checkups, but the feeling of wellness we get from being responsible for our bodies outweighs our old fears.
Today let me love myself enough to care about my physical health and appearance.
Notes on today’s thought from Hazelden:
I’m so grateful for my sobriety today. Prior to getting sober, I did not take the time to take care of myself. There were always things that were more important. Today, taking care of myself is a priority. I know that I have to love myself before I can love others. I exercise pretty much everyday, I eat healthy every day, I pray and meditate every day, and I get enough sleep pretty much every day. I’m definitely not perfect. However, when it comes down to it, I’m pretty good to myself. I go to the dentist every six months to have my teeth cleaned and to have a regular check-up. I go to the doctor once per year for an annual check up. Prior to getting sober, these regular check-ups weren’t important. Being good to myself allows me to be an example to others. It also gives me the time and energy to be of service to others. Staying physically fit, exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep all contribute to my well-being. Loving myself also attracts other people into my life that love themselves. I’m grateful for my life in sobriety today.