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So many of us were taught to always put others first. That somehow putting ourselves first is selfish.

There is a clear distinction to be made here, because there is a difference between being selfish and self-focused. In order to maintain sustained recovery, it is absolutely crucial to put yourself first. Putting yourself first allows you to focus on what is most important in your recovery. It is perfectly fine to focus on you.

When you focus on yourself and what you need to do to take care of yourself, it builds strength and confidence in character, self esteem and therefore your recovery.

Make no mistake, there is certainly nothing wrong with being thoughtful and aware of others needs and feelings. In fact, that is a wonderful character trait. In recovery, though, it can cause difficulty when you put others needs first to the exclusion of your own. It just may surprise you when you focus on yourself, it will free other you care about most to take care of themselves, which is the way it should be.

Be good to yourself and strengthen your recovery. Self care begins at home. Keep your recovery strong by putting the oxygen mask on yourself first and then passing it along to another.

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Comment by firstlove on December 13, 2008 at 8:42pm
“WE” are so worth it Nancy.

There’s a advertisement on television over here for some beauty product and at the end of it the woman’s catch phrase is “Because I’m worth it”
And I always celebrate her words and add, “and you are worth it to”

I just wish there was an advertisement with a man proudly saying “because I am worth it also”

Blessings to you Nancy, for the spirit you are today

Comment by Nancy Adler on December 13, 2008 at 7:51pm
Thank You for sharing. Loving ourselves is a process I believe. I remember when my former Counselor asked me what I loved about myself. I am grateful today to know myself well enough to answer that question. I am grateful to surround myself with loving people like You ~! Nancy Adler

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