Recovery is hard. Sticking with your recovery during uncertain times can be extremely hard. Look at the pandemic of Covid19 going on right now. You, like many people, are feeling anxiety, frustration, fear, and even confusion. All this stress can drive you to the edge and for some over the edge.
How do you take care of yourself and stick to your recovery with all these feelings and having to deal with social distance? It won’t be easy, and we won’t lie to you saying it will. We are, however, going to give you some tips.
Tips for uncertain times in life
Here are some tips to help you cope with all the stress, fear, frustration, and confusion.
- Join an online support group to fill in until you can get back to your regular group meetings.
- Try to maintain your routine as much as possible. Sure you can’t go to meetings or walk in the park, but you can exercise at home and use online sessions, make sure to pay attention to your personal hygiene every day, consistently doing these routine things can help you feel less stress, confusion, and anxiety.
- Meditate can help clear your mind and center your being. This will reduce your anxious stress levels. Staying calm will help you be able to say no to the urge to return to alcohol or other substances.
- Exercise helps you sleep better, reduces stress, blood pressure, anxiety, and more. Dance to music, use things you have in the cupboard for weights to use during walking in place. Examples cans of tomato sauce; jars of mayonnaise can be used to help you tone muscles.
- Catch up on your reading for recovery. Grab a good mystery or fantasy book a well-written story can transport you to strange and wonderful new worlds.
- Journaling can help you work through some of your feelings. It is also a great way to track your progress and provide you with valuable information for the next time you feel like this.
- Structure your day as if you were at work. If you work from home continue working but if not plan your day as if you were at a job. From 9:00am to 10:30am fill out resumes, at 10:30 take a 15 minute break, and then work on another project until lunch. If you do not work from home plan tasks such as cleaning out cupboards and closets wipe them out with a dry cloth if you have no cleaner. Around 2 pm take another 15 minute break and then at five your work day is over. Now do the things you usually do at the end of your work day.
Structure, exercise, and online meetings can help you stay with your recovery during tense times.
At 449 Recovery, we offer the tools you need to maintain your recovery. Call us today (855) 435-7449 to learn more about the therapies and detox program we offer. We can help you through your fears and stress.