4 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health and Sobriety in Difficult Times

2020 has been quite the year already, and we’re only halfway through it. With everything going on in the world, many people are struggling with their mental health. For those of us in sobriety, we’ve got another layer on the cake. We know that supporting our sobriety means supporting our mental health but sometimes this is harder than others. Let this article serve as the reminder we all need to prioritize ourselves. Finding ways to mitigate the effects of the news on our wellbeing, and support our mental health so we don’t succumb to cravings and risk our sobriety, is something each and every one of us needs to focus on now more than ever. 

1. Take a Media Break

Many of us are torn between wanting to stay informed and needing a break from the constant stream of difficult stories. We’re afraid that if we stop checking the news, if we stop checking social media, we will miss something important. The truth is the news moves at light speed these days, and trying to keep up is a tall order even in “normal” times. It is absolutely okay, and often necessary, to take a break for your mental health and emotional wellbeing. We all want to be the best advocates we can be, but burning out helps no one and it puts your sobriety at risk. As the airlines always say, put your mask on first. You can’t help anyone if you aren’t well. 

2. Prioritize Healthy Habits

When we’re mentally exhausted we tend to cut corners on exercise and healthy eating. Maybe you skipped the daily run that has been such an important part of your recovery journey. Or perhaps you had ice cream for dinner because you didn’t feel like making anything. It’s really easy to slip into bad habits, we’ve all done it before. And suddenly getting out of the slump feels like hard work. Just remember that it’s worth the effort. Think of the endorphins you get from exercise or the energized feeling after eating something healthy. These things help immensely to support our mental health and sobriety. So make the effort to get back on track. Once you do it’s like a train that keeps on rolling and you’re so much better off for it. 

3. Practice Self-Care

Whether it’s spending time outside, cleaning out your closet, or taking a long bath, finding a self-care practice that works for you is so important for your mental health. It is easy to forget to take care of yourself when the world is seemingly falling apart, but that is when it is most crucial to take time to support your mental health, especially when in recovery. We made a list of 30 ways to support your sobriety on Harmony Recovery Center’s site. Find what method works best for you and take time to prioritize your wellbeing!

4. Talk to Someone

Whether it’s a close friend, sponsor, family member or therapist, it’s always good to talk. They may be feeling just like you and now you know you are not alone. Or they might offer a fresh perspective you hadn’t considered before. It’s important to always be willing to reach out when we need help. It may simply be that we need to hear that reassuring voice on the other end of the phone. Or maybe it’s more serious and we need real help after a relapse. Don’t be afraid: Always ask for the help you need. There is always someone willing to help. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please don’t’ hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help. Call us today.