Stress is a big part of daily life. To a person in addiction recovery, stress is a concern. For most people, a stressful situation is something that can be resolved and moved on from because healthy stress management techniques are available to that individual. For those who have substance use disorder, that’s not always the case. Yet, a person under stress is far more likely to struggle with relapse risk without these skills.
You’ll Learn Stress Management in Recovery
One of the most important things to remember is that stress is a big part of life. You cannot eliminate stress. What you can do is learn how to manage it effectively. During your treatment program, you will learn more about this, including how to control negative thoughts that often lead us on the path to relapse. You’ll also learn to recognize when you need to take a step back and get some additional help, support, or even more therapy to help you make decisions in the right frame of mind.
During treatment, you’ll learn hands-on strategies that empower you to make better decisions. This can help you with relationships, work, financial concerns, and many other types of stress.
Types of Stress Management Techniques That Could Help You
Chronic stress puts you at risk for relapse. That’s why it is important to have effective tools available to minimize the risk stress creates. Here are some of those techniques you may learn.
- Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness is quite important when it comes to stress management. It allows you to be aware of what your thoughts are, and if they are not healthy or accurate, it allows you to work to change them. Mindfulness meditation is one way to do this.
- Relaxing: While it may not seem easy, it is critical to your long-term recovery that you know how to find ways to relax. When you relax, the stress hormone moves out of your bloodstream. You may be able to find some relief by watching a movie that makes you laugh or spending time with friends.
- Exercise. While the stress hormone is in your bloodstream, you’ll find it hard to stop focusing on the negative around you. When you exercise, that stress hormone is burned off. Going for a run, hiking, biking, or swimming can help you to keep this longer. It feels good to exercise.
- Take Care of You: Having a routine that helps you to minimize risks is important. That often means you need to have a schedule and routine each day that includes proper meals, sleep, exercise, and relaxation.
- Focus on Positivity: When stress does occur, it is important to recognize that emotion that is occurring and change it. In cognitive-behavioral therapy, you’ll learn how to do that. When you practice this process, you will find that it is easier for you to focus on being positive. That can help to change your future outlook.
Find the Support You Need at Baystate Recovery Center
If you are ready to start on the path to recovery, or you are struggling with relapse, our team at Baystate Recovery is available to talk to you and create a plan to help you. Our compassionate counselors and dedicated therapists are available to provide you with guidance today. Contact us now to learn more about the services we offer.