Often people who live with a loved one suffering from addiction put the addict's needs ahead of their own. But caring for yourself first, both emotionally and physically, will not only benefit you but your family as well.
Caring for yourself may include everything from reducing your stress level, getting regular sleep to eating healthy meals. Exercise can help with all three. Consider yoga, which combines poses and meditative breathing that have been found to not only induce relaxation, but reduce stress and anxiety and generally improve mental health. And even something as simple as walking a minimum of 20 minutes a day has been linked with stress-busting benefits such as improved mood and depression relief.
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