5 Simple Tips to Manage Stress in Recovery

5 Simple Tips to Manage Stress in Recovery

Stress can derail even the strongest recovery if you do not have a plan in place to deal with both the expected and the unexpected things life can throw at you. From getting stuck in traffic on your way to work to the death of a loved one, stresses both big and small will happen.

Everyone feels stress, but some people tend to respond to stress by craving substances. Many individuals struggling with addiction use substances to avoid those feelings of stress and anxiety. Managing your stress can be one of many tools you can use to prevent a relapse. These five simple tips can help you manage stress and continue with a strong recovery:

  1. Share your problems: Whether it is talking to a sponsor, a program friend, a therapist, or anyone else, sharing your problems helps relieve stress. Depending on who you are sharing with, you may also receive valuable feedback, insights, and suggestions to help you deal more effectively with problems.
  2. Write it down: Another important tool for recovery is writing. Keeping a journal, writing letters to your Higher Power, or simply writing about a problem can help you gain clarity and insights into what is bothering you. Many addiction and recovery books also offer useful writing prompts to help you with your step work. Writing can be an important part of managing stress during recovery.
  3. Take care of yourself: When you are under stress, it is even more important to get adequate rest, sleep, recreation, exercise, and healthy food. Self-care is important for everyone, but it is even more important for people fighting addiction. Taking care of yourself signals to your subconscious that you are worthy of recovery and that you can relax. Make sure you take time for yourself even when under stress.
  4. Manage your time: Stress management includes learning how to better manage your time. Recovery can take a lot out of you, so do not overload your schedule with too many commitment or activities. Leave blocks of free time or “me time.” That way, you are not always rushing from one activity or another.
    You may need to use a calendar, planner, or another tool to help you keep track of commitments. You may also need to learn how to say “no” to things you do not want to do. Take responsibility for your schedule to help your recovery stay strong.
  5. Plan ahead: If you know you are facing a stressful event, such as a job interview or a speech, plan it out in advance. Give yourself plenty of time to get there. If you have a job interview for example, map your route to where you need to go and learn all you can about the company ahead of time.
    Planning ahead helps you feel more in control of stressful events. Failing to plan adds a great deal of stress to anything. The more you can plan ahead, the better you will feel.

In addition to these stress management suggestions, Clarity Way can teach you other methods of managing stress during your recovery. We have helped many people successfully recover from drug and alcohol abuse at our Pennsylvania rehab center. Please call us at 844-240-5360 for more information or to speak with an admissions counselor today.

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