Maintaining Your Emotional Health During Recovery
Going through the recovery process can be emotionally taxing. However, there are plenty of ways to help support your mental and emotional health as you strive for a life of sobriety.
The experts at Tranquil Shores are here to share some tips to help you to cope with your emotions as you continue to navigate the path toward recovery and wellness.
Take a Break From Social Media
Although social media can be an excellent tool when it comes to staying connected with loved ones, it can be detrimental to your mental health. We’re all guilty of comparing ourselves to others' lives based on what they share on social media, and it can make us have a negative self-image.
Remember to keep in mind that people only share what they want you to see on social media. Although it may seem like others are in a better position than you are, it’s because the picture-perfect image you see online isn’t including their hardships.
As you continue to navigate the road toward wellness and recovery, try taking a social media hiatus and focusing on your personal growth. This will help you to be more represented and thankful for how far you’ve come in your own life.
Support Yourself With Positive Affirmations
As the old saying goes, you can speak things into existence. This not only holds true with negative thoughts and feelings but positive ones too. When you practice positive self-talk, this is considered a positive affirmation.
An affirmation is a positive statement used to help you work through negative thoughts and feelings. While some people like to practice positive affirmation out loud in the mirror, others opt to write down these positive phrases as they navigate the road toward recovery and wellness.
Research has shown that practicing positive affirmations regularly can have some of the following mental and emotional health benefits:
- Improved stress levels.
- Improved mood regulation.
- More receptive and responsive to constructive feedback.
- More likely to make positive changes.
- Improved concentration levels.
- Improved self-esteem.
Find a Positive Activity You Enjoy
Many people who struggle with addiction find that they have a lot of free time on their hands once they stop engaging in drug or alcohol-related activities. Fortunately, finding a new, positive, engaging activity can help to fill in that free time while also giving your mental health a boost.
. Some of the many benefits of finding constructive activities include:
- Decreased distressing emotions like anxiety and depression
- Fostering new relationships with people with the same interests
- Building self-confidence
Whether you want to learn an instrument or try out a new sport, finding a new hobby can help to support your emotional health during the recovery process.
Be Patient With Yourself
One of the most important things you can do during the recovery process is to be patient and kind to yourself. Remember that you've dedicated your time and efforts to overcome the obstacle of addiction to become a better version of yourself.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed or if you slip up, remember that you are human and take a moment to acknowledge how far you’ve come. You are a strong person who deserves the kindness, patience, and understanding that you show others.
Seeking Help at Tranquil Shores
Whether you’re recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, Tranquil Shores can help you every step of the way toward wellness and recovery. Our experienced clinical team of addiction experts is dedicated to providing unique and personalized therapy to those looking for help with substance use disorders in Florida.