We all carry our own personal trauma and stress in day-to-day life. Many of us also struggle with the “weight of the world”, and boy does that world feel heavy right now. With huge divisions between nations and within our own country, not to mention natural disasters striking around the globe and in our backyard, we have a lot weighing us down.
Times like these can cause feelings of anger, fear, and hopelessness. They can also bring back the demons we thought we had better control of. For a person in recovery, it’s a scary time when the fight to remain sober gets tougher.
If you have significant sadness and/or re-stimulated unresolved grief there are some basic actions that will help. Here are a few:
- Put words to what you are experiencing, both on the inside and physically.
- Take first things first. This allows you to counter feelings of getting overwhelmed by doing the next clean and sober thing.
- Restore hope and faith in whatever ways work for you.
- Work to achieve balance in your responses. Don’t catastrophize or minimize.
- Pray and meditate.
- Exercise, eat well, and get extra rest.
- Attend extra sober support meetings.
It is important to keep talking and reaching out. If you don’t know where to turn, or you have a loved one struggling right now and aren’t sure what to do next, please call our free 24/7 service line (877- 229-5462) and we can connect you with someone to help. You don’t need to do this alone.
The ARISE® Network believes in empowering individuals and families to access their resilience to overcome even their biggest struggles. If you’d like to learn more, please visit our website. For more information on relapse prevention, you can find more information here.