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Battling Feelings of Overwhelm and Avoid Relapse in Recovery

When a person feels overwhelmed, they often experience emotions that include anxiety, fear,  and other things that can threaten their recovery. These emotional triggers can bring down recovery because it is easy to get lost in emotion and not be able to navigate away from them without looping them over and over again. Find some tips to work past feelings of overwhelm so they don’t take recovery down a bad road.

Be Clear

The mind is the first thing to go when triggers hit. Off and running, it can take the stress and overwhelm to the next level. It is not just about trying to clear the mind, do meditation, or yoga more, it is also about physical space which can overwhelm a person. Some tips to consider:

  • Clear physical clutter
  • Donate unused items
  • Learn to breathe to clear the mind
  • Take a step back when something triggers the mind and give space to process in a journal, with a friend, or some other way

Set Goals

Take a look at all that is going on right now. If a person is stressed or overwhelmed, this can be difficult for a person to deal with. Think about setting goals that align with where things are right now in life. Don’t assume anything in six months to a year will be there. Just focus on what can be done right now, today, to get one step closer to that ultimate goal (whatever it maybe).

Find Support

When life is overwhelming, don’t tackle it alone. Support comes from family, friends, and loved ones. It comes from faith and religious leaders and others. Never be afraid to ask for help when stress and feelings of overwhelm hit. 

Sometimes it is helpful to speak with a treating physician about getting medication, changing existing meds, or seeking new ways of dealing with anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. It can be hard to deal with when there seems to be no help available. Don’t let this happen. Take it one step at a time and focus on the bright side of life. There are possibilities and hope in the challenges. 

The Guest House understands how life can be overwhelming. There is hope in the challenges of life. Recovery is one step in the bigger process and journey that will become your life after rehab. We are here to help you make that transition and support your mind, body, and soul all the way. Call us to find out more: 855-483-7800.