If you are struggling with a gambling problem and you are trying to recover, it is important that you practice self-care.
When you were in the midst of your addiction you were most likely not taking care of yourself very well. It is important that while you are in recovery that you take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, physically, and socially.
You most likely neglected all of these areas in your life while you were active in your addiction, and it is important that you tend to each area of your life that suffered while you were gambling. You are also making a conscious effort not to be self-destructive.
The most important thing that you could do when you make the choice to stop engaging in compulsive gambling is to make a list in order of priority. For example, you may need to make an appointment to see a therapist as part of your self-care plan. In addition, you may need to visit a doctor or dentist as well.
After you make a list, tackle this list slowly so you do not overwhelm yourself. Once you start your recovery from your gambling addiction you may be very tired, vulnerable, depressed, and anxious. Do not try to tackle too much at once, as this can set you up for a gambling relapse.
I do believe that once you start addressing these needs one by one, you will start to feel much better about yourself. When you actively suffer from a gambling addiction problem, your self esteem is most likely extremely low. It is hard to feel good about oneself while throwing away time, money, and positive relationships.
When we are self-destructive to our body and minds, there is no way that we can possibly feel good about ourselves.
As you begin to practice self-care in all areas of your life you will be less likely to engage in your gambling problem behavior. It is truly impossible to practice self-care and self-destruction at the same time.
Best of luck in your recovery from your gambling addiction.