Even if you don’t identify with having an anxiety or other mood disorder, every person gets anxious or stressed out sometimes. If we’re not careful, our emotions can get the best of us. Identifying negative actions when stress and anxiety strike may be just what you need in order to turn those feelings around. Here are some behaviors to watch for during sober living in New Jersey when confronting those negative emotions.

3 Unhealthy Ways of Approaching Stress and Anxiety

Denying Them – When we learn to observe an emotion with compassion and without judgment, we are more able to react appropriately and be in control of what we feel. This is important with any feeling, especially when in early recovery. Admit when something isn’t alright. Only then can you start to overcome anxiety and stress.

Being Embarrassed or Feeling Weak – Approaching your emotions without judgment is extremely important. Unfortunately, some of us can be our own worst enemies. Empathize with what you are feeling as you would with a friend and practice self-love and compassion. It is not enough to simply acknowledge your feelings. You must also tap into coping strategies and seek support when needed in order to overcome any anxiety or stress. Know that asking for help will never make you look weak.

Working Around Them – If we listen to our negative emotions or are afraid of experiencing them, we end up missing out on opportunities and become socially isolated. We need to expose ourselves to uncomfortable situations in order to become more comfortable facing them in the future. This will help to live alongside stress and anxiety instead of living restricted by them. Don’t be afraid to take risks or challenge yourself. Succeeding is always an option.

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Like any other emotion, anxiety is impermanent. It will come and go just as daily stressors do, and we need to remember to take care of ourselves until it does. Remember to enjoy the present and be unafraid of potential negativity. When in recovery, it is imperative to remember the tools that treatment has given you. Use these skills to combat your everyday obstacles and live your life fully and with a whole heart.

If you need help maintaining your sobriety, the Discovery Institute can help. We can provide support for the upkeep of your sober lifestyle and supplement aftercare treatment as necessary. Contact us to start coping with your emotions in the healthiest way for life-long recovery.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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