Dealing with any type of anxiety can be challenging, but it’s more so if you’re in recovery. It affects people physically, emotionally, and mentally. Some people experience a feeling of being paralyzed by it with stiff shoulders, headaches and a constant feeling of being dead. When people are in early recovery, they may feel it is difficult to change their routines, social habits and circles and lives.
Recovery is also about how to deal with a variety of emotions that someone may have been suppressing for years due to their addiction. You learn to navigate to challenging times, which is very similar when dealing with anxiety.
To help dealing with anxiety, here are some tools to ground yourself
A great way to manage anxiety is being able to focus on your breathing. Breathing connects you to your body. Often people who anxious forget to breathe or breathe shallowly. Yoga helps your body get the oxygen it needs by re-calibrating your body.
Talk with your doctor
Your doctor can assist with an action plan for you to tackle your anxiety by either having regular check-ups to look after your mental health or prescribing medication. Your doctor can also refer you to a specialist, therapist, counsellor, or an alternative approach such as acupuncture.
The only way out is going through it
Our bodies are constantly reacting and adapting to our feelings and emotions. To get through an anxious moment, observe your feelings and emotions, make a list of what you’re fearful of, ask yourself why that may be. Then see how you can change those fears so you can diminish those fears
Write about what’s on your mind
While the fog clears for many people in recovery, they begin to start thinking and feeling more than ever before. Since this is a new feeling many people turn to journaling or writing notes to themselves in order to understand their state of mind and thoughts. The same goes for dealing with anxiety. Writing out a plan to your deal will calm your anxiety, give you a sense of order and control, and allow you to prepare for any moments that may make you anxious.
Originally used in Ayurveda and Siddha practices, Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi) has been proven in studies to treat diseases. The sacred plant is known to have calming properties to help the nervous system.
Spend time with animals
While the most common therapy animal is dogs, the use of other animals in therapy is on the rise. Whether trained or not, owning and caring for pets provides a certain amount of therapy such as calming and soothing people who suffer from anxiety. But you don’t have to have a pet to feel the same affects. Researchers found that petting an animal reduced anxiety.
However, you choose to deal with your anxiety, remember that you are not alone. Try these tools and learn more simple self-care strategies to improve your symptoms. If you wish to get professional help and support to make life more manageable, contact us today.