In terms of toughness, early sobriety is one of the hardest stages on the entire sobriety timeline. Many people struggle with adapting to their new lives, and this is when most relapses tend to occur. However, keeping a few key things in mind can help you make it through this rougher time…
Early Sobriety: Pushing Through
Thing about the present
It’s always good to try and do some planning for your future. Having an idea of what you want to or need to be doing down the line can be very helpful. However, if you obsess over future things too much, then it can make your early sobriety stage difficult to get past.
Getting to fixated on what you think you should be doing is just going to stress you out. Get too stressed, and it becomes more tempting to relapse in an effort to relax. Rather, make sure you take time and enjoy what you have in present.
Take care of yourself
You’ll also want to make sure you take good care of yourself in your early sobriety stage. One of the hardest things when getting sober is knowing how to deal with stress. Now that you won’t be drinking or taking drugs, you might actually find yourself a bit lost when it comes to relaxing.
Still, you won’t want that stress to just build up. That’s why you need to take care of yourself and practice good self-care. Doing things like meditating, writing, and exercising are just a few of the possible ways you can de-stress and improve your overall well-being.
Use your resources
Don’t forget to use the resources you have available to you when going through early sobriety! Too many people think that the resources they used when getting sober are no longer an option. The reality is that they’ll be something you can always make use of.
For example, the most common resources tend to be friends, family, and support groups. Be sure to talk to them for extra guidance and to discuss what’s giving you trouble at any given time. Having others to talk to and help set you straight is incredibly important for both getting and staying sober.