men's emotional wellness

Men’s Emotional Wellness Examples

Though everyone healing from a substance use disorder wants to remain free from the debilitating effects of drugs and alcohol, some people forget about the emotional component of living a satisfying, productive substance-free life. This National Wellness Month, how can you improve your emotional well-being in early recovery?

1. Face Your Feelings

Unfortunately, many young boys grow up internalizing the idea that “real men” should keep their true emotions bottled up inside, which means they never learn healthy ways to work through complex feelings like grief and shame. Substance abuse may seem like a convenient way to smooth over difficulties instead of confronting and dealing with them as they arise.

Connecting with your emotions and allowing yourself to fully feel them can be one of the most challenging parts of the recovery journey. You’ll need to come to terms with your new, sober reality as you work to become a more mentally resilient person.  

2. Practice Mindfulness

While becoming more mindful is about cultivating inner peace, you haven’t failed if you are having an off day. Instead, aim to be fully present in each moment, forgiving yourself for past mistakes and releasing any negativity that might be holding you back. If you find yourself slipping back into unhealthy thought patterns, take a few moments to examine why you feel that way, then do your best to let it go.

3. Manage Stress

Chronic stress can wear down even the healthiest person, and it can take an even heavier toll on you after you’ve put toxic chemicals into your body for years. Part of developing emotional wellness in recovery means learning how to deal with stress without using drugs and alcohol as a crutch. Find new outlets like exercise, journaling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

4. Be Goal-Oriented

By setting goals, you will give yourself something concrete to aim for, which will help you stay focused. Goal-setting can turn emotional wellness into a habit and give you a sense of accomplishment, and you can carry that momentum forward to sustained success.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Emotional wellness is about admitting that you don’t have all the answers. In addiction treatment, you will learn the value of evidence-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. After you complete residential treatment, continuing to work with a therapist will give you the advantage of a neutral observer who can identify emerging trends and spot potential warning signs of relapse. That way, you can nip things like negative self-talk in the bud before they threaten your recovery.

Make Emotional Wellness Part of Your Recovery Journey

Located on a secluded 55-acre ranch outside Austin, TX, The Last Resort provides a healing haven for men’s-only recovery. Our founders have firsthand experience with the profound challenges addiction brings, and we know how to heal clients through proven treatment practices, exceptional clinical protocols, and an atmosphere that promotes connection and camaraderie. To learn more, please contact our compassionate staff today.