3 Tips for When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
One of the biggest challenges of getting sober and staying sober is learning how to manage life on life’s terms. In your active addiction, when life became too much, you could turn to drugs or alcohol as an escape. Today, you don’t have to live that way anymore, but you do need to learn how to manage life when it starts to get overwhelming. With the holidays fast approaching, many people in recovery are feeling overwhelmed, and it’s something we almost manage throughout the year. Here are some tips to make life a bit more manageable when yous tart to feel overwhelmed.
Break it Down into Smaller Pieces
We’ve all been in the place where we take a step back to look at everything we have on our plate, and it seems like it’s far too much for us to handle. We have family and friends who require our attention, we have jobs we need to go to in order to support ourselves, and we have a variety of commitments to uphold each day. All of this is going on while we’re also trying to stay sober one day at a time.
One of the best ways to begin managing all of these responsibilities is to break things down into smaller pieces. If it helps, use a calendar app on your phone. See which tasks are the priority and which ones can take the least amount of time. As you begin to check things off of your list, you will start to see your anxiety slip away.
Learn How to Say “No”
Although addicts are often seen as selfish and self-centered, many people in recovery are people pleasers. When you’re a people pleaser, you may have a problem with saying “yes” to every request that comes your way. Sometimes, due to the inability to say “no”, you’re piling on much more than you can handle. Part of sobriety is learning how to set boundaries and this involves letting people know when you’re at you’re capacity and aren’t able to assist in certain situations. You can do this tactfully and politely to ensure you maintain relationships, but those who respect your sobriety will understand when you can’t take on more commitments.
Rely On Your Support Group
When you get sober, you realize that you’re no longer alone. Whether it’s the people you met through treatment, the fellowship of 12-step programs, your sponsor, or whoever else is in your support group, help is there. Not only are people there to assist you when you need help, but it’s also great to just talk to people when you start to feel overwhelmed. A great saying is, “A struggle shared is a struggle lessened”. Sometimes, you need an outside perspective as well to help you strategize and figure out how to get everything done that needs to be done.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, allow Enlightened Solutions Detox to help. We’re here to provide holistic detox services as well as aftercare to help you stay sober long-term, so call us today at 833-233-7336.