Why You Must Allow Yourself Time To Recover

Monday, January 4, 2021


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2020 was a difficult year for everyone and no matter what you have been through or are still going through, it’s really important to allow yourself to recover. Recovery isn’t just something that is reserved for accidents or injury but it’s also essential in other parts of your life too and helps to keep you healthy and to be your best. Your health is the most important thing you have and therefore you have to look after it and recovery is vital for your overall health and happiness.

Recovery isn’t just about spending a couple of days in bed and resting your body, but it’s about getting yourself back to your best. According to the Oasis Recovery Centre, many people enter addiction treatment feeling like their life is over, having forgotten how to have fun without drugs and alcohol, so part of the recovery program is to show them how to do this with things like Adventure therapy which is fun activities, including outdoor excursions and group outings. The same logic can be applied to any recovery. For example, if you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which most people have in some way, then you need to recognize this and allow yourself time to recover. It might mean that you’re scared to go out, it might be that you’re suffering bereavement of a loved one or you may have had a bad case of COVID yourself. Even if there is no specific incident or illness that you need to recover from, you still need to prioritise recovery for the stresses and strains of everyday life, otherwise you will burn out.

Giving yourself time to recover simply means giving yourself the time and space to just stop, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. It means taking time for yourself, switching off and just breathing. This will give you a moment to repair, to think and to relax. One way to reduce stress and increase rest in your life, is to give yourself a break, so how can you do this?


You don’t need to learn how to meditate as there is no right or wrong way to do it. However, there are plenty of apps and guided meditations that can help you now. You can find some for ten minutes, meditations which you should use to start the day and others which will help you to sleep. Try a few and see which one works for you.


Breathing is essential to survive, however we sometimes forget the importance of it because we do it without even thinking about it. Take some time to concentrate on your breathing, to think about it and to practice it. Breathing exercises can help you to feel relaxed when you didn’t even realize you needed to.


This is the most important part of recovery and while sleep is something you do every day, it should be taken seriously. Don’t just wait until you feel sleepy and then go to bed, make a point of going to bed at the same time each night, switching your TV, phone, laptop, or tablet off, and truly relaxing.

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