I've learned that mental illness has physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences. That is why I check on my own physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being daily. Today's CTC reading asks us in Al-anon to do an inventory of our use of 12-step tools: literature, meetings, use of slogans, steps and traditions.
Am I making my physical and spiritual well-being a program priority? Do I eat well and get enough sleep? Take breaks? Exercise?
Am I growing more aware of my feelings? Do I allow a Sponsor and friends to help me through the rough times? Do I look for the good? Is any of the attention I once gave to negative thinking now focused on gratitude?
It helps to have a relationship with a Power greater than myself and to make time for meditation and prayer. Self-care can start with regular attendance of meetings, and reading the literature. It deepens as I apply all the tools to my everyday life.
Let me ask myself each day what program tools I am using. Looking at my new habits, helps me learn a practice that will make me adept at self-care.
"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." George Bernard Shaw