The Importance of Self-Love for Women in Recovery

Battling with addiction or eating disorders takes a toll on how women in recovery see themselves. It is frustrating dealing with an issue that keeps recurring over and over again. After a while of battling with addiction or an eating disorder, many are left feeling angry at themselves. Some may even hate themselves and even welcome death. Learning about self-love is an important step in the healing process of recovery.

Why is Loving Yourself so Important for Women in Recovery?

Often addiction and eating disorders are born to cover up feelings of inadequacy or other negative thoughts and feelings. These emotions are something an addict doesn’t want to acknowledge, so they use drugs or their eating disorder to numb the pain. Eventually, this method stops working because the addiction and/or eating disorder starts to affect other areas in life such as relationships, jobs, and school. Once an addict sees that they have only made matters worse, the cycle of self-hate and addiction continues.

Deciding to love oneself is also deciding to no longer take part in self-destructive things. If one discovers self-love, one does not need to run or fear of their feelings. It is impossible to heal if there is hatred in your heart. Remove the hatred for yourself to stop the cycle of self-hate and abuse in your life.

Ways Women in Recovery Can Promote Self-Love:

  • Nourishing Foods- Eating nourishing food can leave your body and mind running correctly. The brain produces less dopamine, which is the “natural happy chemical” when the body is malnourished.
  • Movement- Along with keeping you looking fabulous, exercising can help with self-love. Movement gives you more energy and makes you feel better by relieving anxiety and stress.
  • Sleep- Healthy sleep patterns are crucial for self-love. Little sleep has been connected with agitation and low energy. Make sure you sleep for at least 8 hours a day to promote healthy sleeping habits.

Finding Help:

Do not procrastinate when it comes to loving yourself. Do activities that make you happy. Learn about yourself and who you want to become. The earlier that you start to love yourself, the sooner you will see the change in your life.

If you or someone that you know needs help with addiction or eating disorders, do not hesitate to contact Lotus Healing. We can help you get on the right track to self-love once again.

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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