Picture this: You’re walking down the sidewalk whistling to the tune of one of your favorite songs. Maybe you’re walking along looking at your smartphone. It really doesn’t matter because we’re usually blindsided every time it strikes. I’m speaking of course in regards to anxiety in sobriety. Out of nowhere it will smack you like a brick and leave some of us crippled in hesitation. I mean, what do you do when there’s nothing you can do but you can’t do nothing?
There are those who happen to have little bouts of nervousness and minor panic attacks from time to time. Then there are the addicts and alcoholics who are diagnosed and have IT- chronic anxiety. Dealing with anxiety while trying to be the best clean super duper version of yourself you can be very tricky. For one, as mentioned before, anxiety will appear out of nowhere like Houdini and usually show up at the most inconvenient of moments. The space in between your ears starts getting chaotic. It gets to the point where your thoughts are so loud that you can barely hear yourself think. Your heartbeat picks up and you are in this steady feeling of fear and anticipation. Even worse is when there isn’t anything in particular that inflicted this bout of unease. Half the time when it hits, we haven’t even the slightest clue as to what we’re anxious about. Fortunately, though, there are ways to deal with such matters.
Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes
When attempting to conquer anxiety in sobriety, it’s imperative to have a variety of tools to work with. Sometimes certain methods can be more fitting than others. For instance, it can be intimidating walking into a room full of recovering drug addicts and alcoholics when you’re the new kid on the block. We’ve all been there before in some manner, being the new one that is. Start introducing yourself to new people and connecting. This is one of the first major pieces to the puzzle of addiction and anxiety. We all need help and require friendship of some sort. It’s simply human nature to want to connect and relate to somebody dealing with the same worry ridden issues we are. I don’t mean it in a “misery loves company” way either. There’s just some level of ease knowing at the end of the day that somebody understands you and the mental blockades we go through. Having these people to contact and relate to can help decrease some of the apprehension.
Often times, anxiety is widely correlated to stressors and things that are weighing us down. Taking a look at some of the patterns and things that are routine in your life is definitely a key component. It’s wise to look at the things that are bothering you most in life and to come up with a solution of sorts regardless of whether you have anxiety, depression or no mental issues and you’re perfect. Chances are that there is something weighing us down causing our thoughts to go haywire. When we really become introspective and self-aware is when we can really begin to understand what makes us tick. Now don’t get me wrong, it takes a full lifetime to figure one’s self out completely. Human beings are extremely adaptive and ever changing creatures. Yet, once we begin to discover our character defects as well as our positive qualities, this is when we can truly grow and prevent such mental anguish. Understanding one’s self and learning tricks and trades to battle the anxiety will make a world of difference.
Then there are all the aspects of taking care of self that come into play. For instance, hale and hearty sleeping and eating patterns are essential for maintaining a healthy mindset. When we eat too much or too little, our body begins to function differently unbeknownst to us. Food is meant to be used as energy for the body, and anxiety can be traced back to eating garbage food. Yes, that’s right and not a myth. Eating TV dinners, hot pockets, and other fake foods will change your brainwaves. Studies do show that eating real, healthy food and keeping up with a balanced diet can and will help reduce anxiety in sobriety.
Well, what about sleep for nourishment then? Catching a visit from Mr. Sandman every evening will keep your mind recharged like a battery. This, in turn, will allow you to continue thinking rationally and functioning properly in the scummy mesmerizing bubble of society. Our bodies need time to rejuvenate whether we like it or not. Finding a regular routine with your bed or corner of the floor will improve the quality of life dramatically. Life will become a much lighter feeling as the stress leaks out and begins to diminish.
Some people are going to hate this one, but exercise is one of the best things we can do for the human body and in conflict resolution with anxiety. Releasing the dopamine and raising your heart rate in this natural format will help you to feel that much better. On top of that, it will also give you the necessary time to distract your thoughts from the outside world and clear your mind. For some, it is viewed upon as a form of meditation that soothes the gears spinning wildly inside our thick skulls. If not soothing in that sense, exercise is always great to work out some aggression that could be causing such trepidation. Despite what route is actually chosen, the idea is that there are ways to treat this mental funk we find ourselves in. Nobody enjoys that feeling of anticipation that takes over and locks our thoughts down. It really just boils down to enough being enough and taking matters into our own hands.
Stand Up for Your Right
Ever been in that space where it’s impossible just to walk out the door because the anxiety is so defying? Please don’t worry any more than you have to because you are not alone. Fighting anxiety in addiction is a team effort and requires a bit of a push and a shove sometimes. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-802-6848 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.