The early days of recovery are hard. You’re trying to navigate a scary, new, sober world without the crutch you relied on for so long. You struggle with feelings of shame for what you did to yourself and others during your addiction, and it feels like second nature to just want to close yourself off to the world and be alone.
Battling the Blues
It’s not uncommon to struggle with depression during early sobriety, and it can be hard to beat on your own. That’s why we’re here with some tips to help while you’re putting one foot in front of the other on the road to recovery.
Keep these four tips in mind when you’re feeling depressed and feeling that nagging urge to isolate:
- Create a Safety Net
This can include close friends and family members who care about your wellbeing, who you can rely on and who have your best interests at heart. Be candid about your depression and what you’ve been feeling. Let them know that it’s fine to check in on you to make sure you’re doing okay. Knowing that you have a group of people who are just a phone call away to help can give you strength during the times you’re feeling low.
- Join a Support Group
Family and friends are great and all, but sometimes they’re not enough to help you through a certain situation. After all, they haven’t been down the same road and may not truly understand what you’ve been through. If this is the case, think about joining a support group. Here, you’ll be surrounded by those who’ve been in your shoes and can truly relate to the struggles you face and the fears you have. You’ll be less likely to encounter judgment and more likely to form a connection and bond with those in the room. Knowing that you’re not alone on your journey will help you immensely as you navigate the highs and lows of recovery.
- Reach Out to Your Co-Workers
You spend a lot of time with those you work with, so it makes sense to want to share your struggles with them. They’ve probably already sensed that you’re going through a difficult time, so opening up to certain co-workers could further strengthen existing relationships. Having support at the office can be a relief and can help you feel less isolated and alone.
- Don’t Take it Lying Down!
Ultimately, it’s about getting yourself out and about and interacting with others. Sign up for a book club, join a yoga studio or volunteer for a charity on the weekends. Forming connections and staying out of isolation can help combat depression and is a sure-fire way to give you the mental boost you need.
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