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Friday, September 29, 2017

Lowering Stress to Fight Relapse

Many addiction experts cite stress as the leading cause of relapse. Think about it: The more stress you’re under, the more likely you’ll feel the desire to escape by turning to drugs or alcohol. It makes sense then that learning new, healthy ways to handle stress is a crucial part of your long-term recovery plan. 

So you can’t escape stress, but you can learn your individual triggers as well as how to take steps to lower stress and stay calm. These tips can help you get started:  
  • Practice self-care. Caring for your body by getting rest, exercising, and eating properly, is an often-overlooked way to manage stress. Getting regular exercise, for instance, can increase mood-boosting endorphins and eating a proper diet can keep your body strong so you’re better equipped to handle stress. Self-care also means minding your mental health. Take time to distress and quiet your mind by practicing relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing – and seek help for any emotional issues that are interfering with day-to-day living.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. During recovery, it’s okay – even encouraged – to be picky about who you spend your time with. Positive, healthy people will help boost your mood and strengthen your resolve against stress.  
  • Work on your communicate skills. Whether you’re dealing with a store clerk or close family member, learning to communicate your needs (and listen to theirs) will help prevent conflict and eliminate unnecessary irritations caused by miscommunication. 
  • Take “me” time. It’s okay to take a break from the daily stressors of life and focus on you. Part of your recovery plan should include sober fun, creativity and/or any stress-lowering activity that can serve as a healthy escape. A few ideas: exercise, playing music, coloring, cooking, reading.
Relapse Prevention at Complete Harmony
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