How to Cope With Unexpected Events

How to Cope With Unexpected Events

By Jennifer McDougall

Coping with events that disrupt our inner peace and shake us to the core can be upsetting. Knowing how to navigate through challenging emotions with a healthy approach is always important, especially if you are someone who has struggled with substance abuse related issues in the past. To avoid a relapse, you must remind yourself of what you have to lose if you throw it all away, and remember what you were taught at Passages. The tools we provide you with during treatment can be used throughout your recovery to help keep you on the right track.

“When a problem or a difficult situation arises, say to yourself, as if you already believe it: “This is for my benefit.”
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

If you have recently experienced a tragedy or a troubling situation has occurred in your life, follow these tips.

  1. Deep breathing exercises the moment you feel triggered.
  2. Call and talk to a friend who supports your sobriety.
  3. Go for a run to release any stress and tension.
  4. Write a letter to the person who you are upset at. Read it out loud to yourself and then shred it up and throw it away.
  5. Find a quiet space to meditate for 10-20 minutes to relax your mind.
  6. Create a schedule for the next 5 days that you can hold yourself accountable to. Stay active and productive.
  7. Play uplifting music to keep your spirits lifted.
  8. Take a hot bath with lavender or lemongrass oil and read a book.
  9. Clean your car, house, and workspace.
  10. Get a good night’s sleep.
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