Seeing a family member struggle with addiction can be difficult. Having to witness a loved one going through something unbearable can cause strife in your own life. Stress, worry, and feeling hopeless are all usual emotions tied to caring for someone you know who is struggling. Attending to your own health can allow you to be much more present for the family member that needs your help. It can be hard but here are a few ways to be serene and find peace of mind, even when a family member needs help.
Eating- Eating right is a huge part of feeling good. Eating healthy will result in feeling better which can lead to that peace. Taking care of your physical health can improve your mental health.
Regular exercise- Another way to take care of your physical health is to exercise daily. Exercising can greatly improve your mood, release endorphins to make you feel good and allows for deeper sleep.
Sleep- A good night sleep will allow you peace and piece of mind. Less sleep means more irritable and feeling sluggish all day. Always try to get the recommended amount of sleep each night to allow yourself a fresh start the next day.
Reducing stress- Find something you enjoy doing that relaxes you. Read a book, go for a hike, watch tv, etc. Something you can do for an hour that will calm you down and help you reset can make all the difference. Maintaining your stress levels will allow you to give your family member the proper attention they deserve.
Maintaining a tranquil demeanor will assist in keeping the peace at home. When a family member is struggling it can be difficult on you for different reasons. Make sure you focus time on yourself to assure you’re balanced and able to support your family member effectively. Striking a balance between your own physical and mental health while actively trying to help a family member is difficult, but by setting aside an hour or two a day to exercise or reduce your stress levels can make all the difference in their recovery.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, or you just need someone to talk to, CADS is here to help. Give us a call at (563) 326-1150. Our lines are available 24 hours a day. We are here for you.
CADS offers a variety of substance abuse services focused on support, care, and treatment designed to meet the needs of families and individuals of all age groups in the community.