Depression and anxiety are very common in sobriety. There are so many people, perhaps you're one of them, who feel lethargic, sad, and lost after they quit drinking. Sobriety was…
When I first got sober, the comments section on social media became my new drug of choice. Social media became a form of anti-meditation for me, where I maintained a singular focus on what can only be described as the worst parts of humanity. (I’m looking at you, Twitter.)
A while ago I noticed that my anxiety levels felt through the roof for no particular reason. My neck and shoulders were in a constant state of stiff or sore. I felt foggy brained and tight in the chest. Several times a day, I had to consciously tell myself to soften my jaw or remove my shoulders from my ears. I would sit down innocently enough to check something on Twitter or Facebook and lose an hour without realizing how or why. My motivation began to deplete. I wasn’t getting anything of value done and still managed to feel like I’d run a marathon at the end of the day.
Trying to navigate all your different emotions in early sobriety is hard. Some days it feels damn near impossible. I don't just mean the difficult ones like anger, shame, or loneliness. Even managing extreme joy can be tough without booze.