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Keeping Distressing Emotions at Bay in Recovery

6 Tips for Improving Your Mental Health

It is not easy to keep your emotions in check when you are in recovery. In fact, it is natural to experience a range of intense and distressing feelings as you adjust to a new normal.

However, it is crucial to learn how to manage these emotions so that they do not interfere with your recovery process. One of the most significant derailments to sobriety is emotional triggers, meaning it is especially crucial to get them in check before you relapse.

In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for keeping your emotions under control and maintaining your recovery progress.

Tip #1: Identify Your Emotional Triggers

The first step to keeping your emotions in check is identifying what triggers them. Do you get angry when someone criticizes you? Anxious when you are in large crowds? Depressed when you are alone?

Once you know what sets off your emotions, you can begin to work on managing them. For example, if you get anxious in large crowds, try to avoid situations that will put you in that situation or have a plan of action for when it does happen—such as leaving the area or taking deep breaths.

Tip #2: Understand Your Emotions

It is also good to understand why you are feeling certain emotions. This can be difficult, especially if the feeling is negative, but it is crucial to get to the root of the problem.

For example, if you are feeling depressed, ask yourself why. Is it because you are lonely? Anxious? Bored? Once you know the cause of your emotions, you can better address them.

Tip #3: Don't Try to Bottle Up Your Feelings

One common mistake people make in recovery is trying to bottle up what they feel, leading to an emotional outburst later on down the road.

Instead of holding in your thoughts, find healthy ways to express them. This could include journaling, talking to a therapist or trusted friend, or participating in a creative outlet such as painting or sculpting.

Tip #4: Don't Be Afraid to Seek Help

If you are struggling to keep your emotions in check, don't be afraid to seek help from a professional. A therapist can assist you in understanding and managing your emotions, which can make a big difference in your recovery progress.

Tip #5: Practice Self-Care

It is also important to practice self-care. No, we don't mean bubble baths and sugary snacks. We mean taking care of yourself emotionally and physically.

Make sure to schedule in time for activities that make you happy and help you relax. Examples include reading, going for walks, listening to music, or spending time with friends and family. You can also try relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.

Tip #6: Stay Connected to Your Support System

Finally, make sure to stay connected to your support system. For example, staying close to your sober friends, therapist, sponsor, or family members. These people can provide you with emotional support and help you through difficult times.

What if your relationships are what's causing you stress? Going through family therapy together is sometimes a helpful way to move past emotional blocks and get to the root of what is bothering you.

Your Path to Wellness Starts at North Georgia Recovery Center

By following these tips, you can keep your emotions in check and focus on maintaining your sobriety. If you are struggling to manage your emotions, don't hesitate to reach out for professional help. Recovery is a journey, and North Georgia Recovery Center is here to support you every step of the way.