Balancing Emotional Wellness and Addiction During Covid-19

It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans have more stress in their lives due to the pandemic. Worse, one Covid-19 study looked at a quarter of a million people and found a 24 percent rate of depression and a 21 percent rate of anxiety. These rates concern those supporting people on the path to wellness, as Covid-19 anxiety and depression can trigger a relapse or worsened addiction patterns.

Support at centers like puts emotional wellness at the top of the list of healing and treatment. Addiction clients that are struggling with anxiety or depression during this troubled time in the world can use these tips on their road to recovery.

Signs of Emotional Health

When someone is struggling with addiction, even knowing that they are not emotionally healthy can be stressful. Here are the signs of emotional health:

  • Decisions are made easily, and others’ thoughts and feelings are taken into account.
  • Not afraid of a challenge or a risk, and change is viewed as potentially healthy.
  • Taking responsibility for what happens in life

The more a client can accomplish all of these goals daily, the less stress they will feel. When a client can take these basic principles into the littlest details of the day, they are well on the path to a successful recovery.

Eliminating Negative Thoughts

The world is where negative thoughts are everywhere now, and it has to be because people are dying from a deadly virus. When a recovery client can find a way to lessen the number of negative thoughts they are dealing with daily, they will feel more emotionally well.

This is hard to do. They need to know that it’s okay to accept negative things or feelings that come their way without taking it in as a personal responsibility. The remedy here is to accept that negative things and thoughts are coming as part of life and do so without guilt. Guilt is a serious trigger in addiction.

People supporting the client in recovery can help them by supporting them when they are noticeably anxious or sad. There are antidepressants and other prescription drugs available online to help them achieve that as well. Another tool is to get the client to go back to that checklist of emotional wellness and help them find small ways to make good decisions and take responsibility. This gives the client a sense of accomplishment.

Redirect Negative Behavior

One of the reasons a client might feel upset or triggered into anxiety or depressive state is that there is a higher incidence of negative behavior around them in the pandemic. The treatment here is to “redirect.”

When a client is unhappy or around unhappy people, the chance for relapse is significant. Help loved ones recovering from addiction by helping them redirect or even just reminding them to get away from the negative situation.

Clients feeling anxious or sad will only feel more anxious and sad if they are around anxious and sad people. The difference between them, and the anxious and sad people, is that this could negatively influence their health and emotional wellness.

Redirect. Walk away from the situation and get away from all negativity.

Like Yourself More

Liking yourself more as a person is important for anyone that is struggling with addiction. When all else fails, or redirection is not possible, keep telling addiction clients how awesome they are. This will be a daily effort, but with time, when clients like themselves more, recovery centers expect to see them less, and that’s the most important thing they need.

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