Part of what can make a tempting situation worse is the condition of one’s mental and physical state when stressors occur. It is common for tempting situations to occur with more intensity at the early onset of sobriety, along with when someone is physically or mentally drained. And this can seem more intense because sobriety is the healthiest option regardless of what has occurred. It is easy to get tired of recovery—but don’t give up!
Here are some options to consider to help when a person is tired of fighting this fight and wants to just give up because of the stressors of life.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” A person must ground themselves spiritually. Do not rush through prayer. Quiet the inner talk and listen. First, turn off the television and radio. Then, go and sit down somewhere comfortable. Uncross arms, and take some deep breaths for at least 5 minutes while focusing on nothing but breathing and Scripture.
Have a sponsor.
Pick up that phone, and connect with a trusted companion. Be open and honest—talking about what is going on is not a weakness. It can be, and often is, mentally beneficial to say out loud the things on one’s mind. This process takes power away from the situation.
Remain on alert.
When one becomes tired or weary, they can convince themselves that they can handle more than they actually can. Don’t open the door to temptations; keep the armor of God on, and keep guard. There is a spiritual war going on within the mind; the enemy knows the best way to get each person to relapse or fall is by convincing them to believe and behave otherwise.
Take time to rest.
Remember the acronym HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. Rest is a vital part of recovery—not rest from the process. Rather, it’s physical rest.
It can’t be said enough to go for a simple bike ride, swim or walk. Observe the creation of the earth, and take in the splendor. Keeping in mind, though, that this is a lifelong journey and requires stamina—not white-knuckling it. Pick up that God-given gift, talent, or skill, and put it to use for the benefit of others.
Reconnect with the recovery process today. Don’t get weary in well-doing!