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What Are Better Ways of Coping with Stress in Recovery?

What Are Better Ways of Coping with Stress in Recovery?

For people in recovery who are at risk of relapse, stress is more than inconvenient, it can be life threatening. Everyone experiences stress. Some are more basic like hunger and fatigue. Some are easier to handle and some are not. Other stressors are not so simple and take more focus to deal with. If you are in recovery, you are always at risk of relapse, whether you want to admit it or not. There are better ways of coping with stress that can help you alleviate the risk and focus on recovery.

Stress Happens

Stress is an inevitability of life. If you take positive steps to acknowledge and diffuse daily stressors, you will no longer feel like you’re tipping into relapse. The most effective stress management often comes from making healthy lifestyle changes. Working with mental health professionals is good but there are other practical ways you can also lower your stress and manage sobriety better.

Manage Time

For the first 90 days of recovery, you are most likely to relapse. Streamline your day and manage time appropriately. Too many duties, chores, assignments, or to-do lists will draw you up and failure to get things done may just throw you into a tailspin. Add some margin for days when nothing seems to go as planned.

Talk it Out

Bottled-up emotions increase frustration and stress, so it makes a difference to share your feelings with a friend or family member, counselor or sponsor. Talking to someone else can help clear your mind of confusion so you can focus on problem-solving. Ask for pointers and how to handle discouragement.

Identify Stressors

Know what is most likely to be a source of stress for you. If you are running late, or have a deadline or conflict, know what triggers your stress and how to respond. Find a way to breathe better that will help you identify stressors and breathe through them in a way that is healing.

Stay Healthy

Some of the best ways to avoid stress include being healthy. It will do wonders for you if you can honor your sleep cycle by going to bed at a decent time and not too late at night. Learn how to breathe yourself into a relaxed state, read a book before bed, or have a routine like nighttime yoga that helps you focus on getting into a rhythm of rest for the night. If you take care of your body, it will also take better care of you.

There are many ways to be healthy in recovery. Eating well, getting rest, and supporting your breath is important. If you are struggling in sobriety or want to kick drugs or alcohol to the curb, call us. We will help you find what you need to get on the road to recovery. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401