Throughout your recovery, you will experience times of uncertainty, which leads to anxiety. Do these anxieties begin to fill your head with scenarios; the what-ifs? These anxieties may begin to break down your self-trust and replace rational thoughts and behaviors with negative ones. As a result, you will become more focused on stopping the alarm rather than putting out the fire. Since the world is currently going through a difficult time of rapid change and uncertainty, these alarms might be louder than they have ever been. However, before you succumb to the defeating thoughts, remind yourself of your capabilities.
Look at How Far You Have Come
Recovery should never be about how far you have left to go, but how far you have come. You have had to weather some serious storms, and if you have remained sober—then you have weathered them successfully. The current situation could feel like a storm that you have never faced, and your choices thus far might leave you feeling like you are constantly failing uphill.
Understand that like recovery, it is one day at a time—and unlike individuals who have not had to face the kinds of challenges in life that you have, you likely have the tools to help navigate through this time successfully. Begin healing your negative thoughts by looking at what you have accomplished and how you handled the situation. Recognize your resiliency and determination to handle difficult situations.
At some point or another, everybody will experience anxiety and stress. Anxiety and stress are a normal part of life. Although many only ever perceive or fear the negative results of anxiety, anxiety can be a helpful tool. For one, anxiety is a good way to gauge the things that are important to you, much like the anxiety that comes with a job interview, or a loved one traveling—these anxieties tell you what you care about. What are your anxieties currently telling you? Do you fear for your health? Do you fear boredom or relapse? Are you feeling destructive? Listen to the fears that accompany your anxiety. By doing so, you can then begin to ask what you need to do about it.
Once you can recognize where and why you are feeling anxiety, you will want to evaluate the situation realistically by using the resources you have to go about solving the problem. Ask yourself, “What are the risks?” What is your greatest fear—is it having a drink? What are your resources and what would you like to see happen as a result? Once you can identify what you would like to see happen, you can begin to work to eliminate unproductive anxiety and practice productive anxiety, which involves finding ways in which to manifest what you need.
You have more than the kinds of choices that lead to relapse. You have good choices, too. Remember that your recovery comes first and while you may feel helpless, you have plenty of capabilities. First understand that your anxiety has most likely been created by what is happening around the world, and like you, millions of people are feeling such anxiety. First, know that you are not alone. Next, consider what some good choices might be to resit the urge to have a drink?
Friends and Family
The friends and family you have had throughout your recovery process are still here for you. Whenever you feel isolated, remember that you can always reach out to the people who care about you most. Likewise, you have learned to reconcile and accept yourself, and therefore you, too, are a loving person and your company is necessary for your friends and family’s anxieties, too. Try designating times throughout the week when you can arrange for conversation. Setting a time will not only hold both of you accountable for follow-through, but the actual conversation will help you to feel not as alone, and could even bring back a sense of normalcy to your day, thus reducing your anxiety.
It is easy to stray away from ways to care for yourself when you are trapped in a vacuum of anxiety. However, these are the times that call for self-care the most. Remember what you enjoy and engage in these activities to help distract and get you through your anxiety until it passes. If you like to draw, exercise, meditate, or play music, utilize these outlets to help rebuild your place and self-importance. You have the power to take control, and you have shown this thus far, get back in touch with your independence.
Organize and Attack
Once you have a handle on your options, begin to organize your day in a way that will help sustain a long-term regimen. You will want to create a schedule that is realistic and achievable. One that incorporates such activities and practices to keep your mind occupied and away from worrying about what you cannot control. The idea is to look at what you still have, find the value in it, and get in touch with it again.
Just because current times leave you with a sense of uncertainty, remember that you always have a choice. Whether it is friends and family, or activities, you can control the outcome of your situation. True Recovery understands that sometimes you get distracted with your recovery and might need further guidance. That is why True Recovery offers 24/7 assistance in helping you find your way again. To learn how we can support your recovery, please call us today at (866)-399-6528.