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Stress: Impacting Your Mind and Body

Not too many people enjoy the feeling of being under a lot of stress. On a daily basis, we all encounter situations that have some level of stress, from waking up late for work to traffic jams, financial problems, and relationship issues. It may be nearly impossible to eradicate stress from your life completely, but there are things you can do to ease the pressure. Yoga and meditation, massage, play time, exercise, and taking some time to yourself are all beneficial additives to your life and recovery, not only for stress relief, but for peace of mind.

Stress hormones are the same hormones that trigger the fight or flight response. These hormones can also contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Behaviorally, stress can cause people to partake in harmful behaviors such as over or under eating, anger or rage, social withdrawal, and most frightening for people in recovery, drug and alcohol abuse. This isn’t much of a surprise since addicts and alcoholics tend to have a knee-jerk reaction of picking up their drug of choice when faced with outside pressure and a lack of coping skills.

For people in recovery, it is imperative to learn the necessary skills to handle stress in a healthy way, without chemicals. Addicts and alcoholics are known for having an underdeveloped sense of moderation, and in stress management, moderation is key. For instance, don’t say yes to things when your plate is already full. Saying “No” is a complete sentence, and one that will benefit you for your lifetime. It is also helpful to remember that it is okay to take a step back, think about what you want and how you feel, and allow yourself this time to process what is happening in your life. As you grow into your recovery and learn more about yourself, you will find what works, what doesn’t, and you will be able to use the right tools to keep your sobriety healthy and strong.




If you are struggling with addiction, call the Serenity Recovery Center. If you want to change the way you live, we have the solution. Addiction doesn’t have to rule your life any longer. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Recovery is possible. Call now.