Anxiety in recovery is a serious problem. You’re working to live clean and sober, but all that fear and anxiety has you nearly paralyzed. Being unable to look forward to the future because you’re afraid of it is never fun, and this is common for many who are working to overcome addiction. So, how can you calm your panic and start enjoying your recovery more? These tips can help:
- Write it down. When you’re struggling with anxiety in recovery, one of the best things you can do to help ease it is to write what you’re feeling down. Talk about how you’re feeling, what you’re struggling with and how it makes you feel. This can help you to better understand what’s triggering your anxiety. It can also help you to gain a better perspective on your personal fears and worries.
- Listen to yourself. It’s also important to read what you write. Your fears will likely prove unfounded, but it’s your mind’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. We often struggle with feelings of anxiety when we’re working to get clean and sober because the brain thinks that your body is dying without the source of your addiction. However, as we get physically clean and sober, the brain will send signals of anxiety because of unresolved conflicts or other health problems, so listen to what your mind is telling you.
- Get enough sleep. When you’re tired, you’re more likely to struggle with panic and feelings of anxiety. Your brain can’t solve problems if you’re not rested, and unresolved problems can lead to big emotional issues, including anxiety and panic attacks.
- Get enough exercise. When we’re nervous, the body creates adrenaline. It’s the fight or flight hormone. When we don’t get to burn it off, it can cause nervousness and anxiety. When you’re stressed and you get exercise, you’re helping your body to relax because you’re burning off all that adrenaline, while boosting your serotonin levels, and that can help you to feel better in general.
- Practice meditation or mindfulness. It may seem like the last thing you want to do, but when you begin to practice meditation or mindfulness, you’re going to find that you are able to focus on the things that really matter for a change and cut all the noise out of your life.
Anxiety in recovery isn’t easy to deal with, but with some determination, and helpful hints, you might find that you’re feeling great, and even relaxed, for the first time in a long time.