20 Gifts to Give Yourself

By Toshia C. Humphries, M.Ed., M.A.

The holiday season usually has us racking our brains to think of the best gifts to give our loved ones. But what about ourselves? Aren’t we our loved ones too? We certainly should be. In fact, that is a very important aspect of successful recovery—loving and honoring ourselves.

Many in recovery are in the process of not only discovering and respecting their personal adult needs, but also those of their inner child. Much of that newfound journey is the result of being forced to grow up too fast. For some, the need to do so may simply originate from a lack of nurturing in childhood. Regardless of the reason, focusing on the child within us is an excellent addition to our recovery regimen.

So, this year, add yourself—the adult and child version—to your holiday gift list. Here are 20 suggestions, for those of us who find even ourselves difficult to shop for:

  • Long walk
  • Spa day
  • Time with a dear friend
  • One hour of silence
  • Nap time
  • Trip to the toy store
  • Hot cocoa
  • Cartoons and holiday specials
  • Movie
  • Coloring book
  • Toys—whatever you like
  • Jigsaw puzzle
  • Paint by number set
  • Board games
  • Teddy bear
  • Cozy slippers
  • Fluffy blanket
  • Adult onesie
  • Tour of holiday lighting
  • Visit with Santa

Whatever you choose to do, whether it is listed here or not, give yourself something special this holiday season. It’s not like it will be the first time. Recovery is one of the greatest gifts you have already given yourself and your inner child—even if the latter is not your chosen path. But it shouldn’t be the last gift you receive from you. And, for the record, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add a heartfelt card too.

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