Stress Management in Addiction Recovery
Stress management in addiction recovery is crucial, as recovery is full of potential stressors.
Managing stress is a life skill that is necessary for individuals to stay healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. The average person deals with stressors that include work life, home life, finances, and health.
Many people turn to alcohol and drugs to escape stress.
While this can be a common and relatively harmless release for some people, others cannot control their usage. Some people become completely dependent on substances in an attempt to escape the worries of everyday life. Therefore, when a person enters recovery, they will need to learn how to face those problems and deal with them.
First and foremost, a person has to learn how to recognize stress and identify the source.
What are some signs of stress? Stress manifests both physically and psychologically, so there are several symptoms. Physical signs can include headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, digestion issues, and changes in weight. Psychological symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, anger/aggression, and depression.
There are numerous ways to achieve successful stress management in addiction recovery.
One of the very best forms of stress relief is physical activity. This does not mean you have to become an athlete. Just about any form of physical exercise will improve your mood, increase your endorphins, and take your mind off of your worries. Another way to practice stress management is by meditating. People are often afraid they don’t know how to meditate or that they won’t do it right. Spending time alone, getting quiet, breathing deeply, and focusing on the moment are all ways a person can meditate. Other ways to manage stress include journaling, art, or therapy.
If you have decided to recreate your life, free from the bondage of addiction, taking care of yourself is paramount.
Stress affects everyone and often cannot be avoided. That’s why stress management in addiction recovery is vital.
If you or someone you love needs help overcoming addiction, please contact us anytime at (337) 456.9111.
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