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How Can an Alumni Program Help When I Struggle With Anxiety?

An unknown source said, “Anxiety is one little tree in your forest. Step back and look at the whole forest.” Anxiety can consume you to the very core of yourself. It can narrow your perspective and cause you to see only a tiny slice of what’s really there. What’s more, anxiety can prevent you from engaging in the world and attending events that would help you become a better version of yourself. It can be hard to move forward when your only goal is to remain comfortable. Because of this comfort orientation, stepping out and creating new relationships can be hard, especially when you struggle with anxiety.

We believe everyone should have access to a positive support system. That’s why we developed an alumni program that meets you right where you are at in your recovery. This article will explore healthy coping skills that can decrease anxious thoughts, delve into how an alumni program can provide positive support, and discover how The Guest House will meet you where you are at in your recovery.

How to Cope With Anxiety

There is no right or wrong way to cope with anxiety. You have to find what works for you, which may look different in each stage of your recovery. Anxiety can feel like it comes from out of nowhere. One minute you are fine and the next you are struggling to catch your breath and your palms are sweaty. Not to mention, you may not be able to take your mind off the fears you’re struggling with.

When you’re coping with anxiety, learning healthy coping skills can be a step in the right direction. Reaching out to a skilled professional therapist, like the ones at The Guest House, can help you take this important step. Healthy coping skills are choices you make that contribute to your overall wellness. These choices can help you to connect to a healthier version of yourself. These healthy coping skills reduce stress and help you manage tough moments in your recovery.

Healthy Coping Skills to Handle Anxiety in Any Situation

There are many healthy coping skills you can use in recovery. It is important to mention that not every coping skill will work as well for you as it does for others. Perhaps, you have heard all of this before and have your own set of healthy coping skills. If this is the case, pick at least five and label them as your anxiety coping skills. Read on for more coping skills that can assist you in dealing with anxiety.

Anxiety coping skills can include:

  • Walks in nature
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Deep breathing
  • Gratitude
  • Journaling
  • Creating art
  • Swinging your arms
  • Grounding
  • Remembering a time when you were calm
  • Taking time to unwind

While some of these may be things you are already doing, you can use them in new ways. Try to engage in them when anxiety surfaces to take your mind off of the thing that is causing restlessness.

You are free to choose one or all of them to use. Remember that just as no one’s recovery is the same, not all healthy coping skills will work the same for you either.

Give yourself some grace in trying something new. Be kind to you in all facets of life. Your anxiety may just have needed a coping skill to decrease the feeling.

What Is an Alumni Program?

Life after treatment can bring a vast amount of issues and what better way to deal with them than in the community of support? An alumni program is for people who have graduated from treatment and provides a fellowship of staff and peers to support you no matter where you are in your journey.

Positive support is detrimental to long-term recovery. It is not uncommon to feel alone and isolated in early recovery. After all, your life has changed dramatically and maybe you feel slight anxiety due to all the changes. At The Guest House, we will meet you right where you are, no matter what that looks like.

Our alumni program is especially helpful for those who struggle with anxiety and connections with others. Every person has been new at some point in their lives. We strive to connect and welcome those in all different stages of recovery.

How Can The Guest House Help Me With Anxiety?

There are many therapeutic modalities you can engage in at The Guest House. Our facility is located on 52 acres of land, surrounded by the beauty of nature and majestic oak trees. This setting offers you a peaceful and healing experience. Here, you are invited to experience a sense of connection and love as you embark on your healing journey.

As we stated before, we believe in meeting where you are at in your recovery. Anxiety is a common feeling and we are ready to assist you in dealing with it. We have professionals who understand how you may feel and know how to help. At The Guest House, we provide a home where you can feel comfortable, including elegant bedrooms. You are of utmost importance and deserve to be treated in a way that reflects that.

Every single person has struggled with anxiety at some point in their life. Exploring healthy coping skills can be overwhelming when you have no idea which strategies will work for you. What is more difficult is when you want to be a part of the alumni group but have anxiety about meeting new people. At The Guest House, you will always have support. Our team of professionals will not abandon you and will always respect your space. At our facility, you will be surrounded by peers who understand your struggles and get who you are. If you or someone you know is struggling, do not hesitate and give us a call at (855) 483-7800. We will be happy to help.