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Recovery Life Skills 104: Managing Stress

Recovery Life Skills 104: Managing Stress

Life can be difficult, and you have found that using drugs and alcohol would help out with the stress by numbing out the pressure you may be feeling. So, what happens to you when you take away drinking and drugging and you are left to deal with the burden of what you are going through – sober? When you take away the substances that you think are keeping you relaxed during your addiction, you will need to replace them, so you can stay sober while being even keel in your recovery. Finding a variety of avenues to manage stress can help you to remain temperate.

Exercise

Most people get put off from even hearing the word exercise. Figure out the type of moderate exercise you like so that you can get moving. Exercise is a broad term and can be used to describe other activities than those you may think of doing in a gym. Swimming, walking, biking, yoga, tennis, soccer, and golf are all things that can create endorphins that can be key to relieving stress.  

Meditation

This is another activity people may let out a sigh to when suggested. Meditation is much easier than people give it credit for. Even if you are in the loudest place in the world, you could meditate if you put your mind to it. You do not have to be in a Buddhist Temple to meditate. All you need to do is pause and briefly be in the moment. Having an awesome meditation routine is nice, but for some people, this is just not a possibility. Discovering new ways to meditate other than sitting cross-legged and chanting “um, um”, can become a new way to engage yourself and stop feeling the pressures that can come up in a split second.

Therapy

Talking out the fears that revolve around your stress can really make a difference in changing your perspective. Sometimes the things that you think in your head that you say out loud can take the power out of what you are feeling and get you into the solution that your problems or stressors need to be resolved.

Stress can create a disconnect to the body, the mind, and the soul that can develop into a myriad of ailments such as anxiety, depression, anger, substance abuse, isolation, sleep issues, or gastrointestinal problems. Dealing with stress head on may seem uncomfortable, however there are various ways to manage your stress if you start by taking the action.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a 5-week extensive treatment program that can help someone that needs assistance to stop their alcohol and drug use. Once they are done with our program, we are not finished with showing them how to abstain from drugs and alcohol. Our THRIVE Alumni Mentor Program can be useful in the next phrase of your recovery.

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