Recovering from substance abuse can be a significant challenge. Withdrawal is almost always excruciating, and in the presence of stress, symptoms of withdrawal can get even worse. Keeping your stress under control on a daily basis can help keep substance-seeking behaviors at bay and may even improve the efficacy of other behavioral health therapies. If you are worried that your everyday stresses are keeping you from recovering from addiction, consider the following tips for managing stress on a daily basis:
Change Your Situation
Chronic high levels of stress can harm your whole system. When confronted by a stressful situation in your everyday life, use problem solving to change the situation. An overwhelming to-do list, for example, can be extremely stressful for anyone. Change this situation by learning to say no to new responsibilities and paring down the list as best you can. Spend more time with people who give you energy and positivity, and spend less time with those who add to your stress. Changing your environment and communicating your needs can also be great ways to take control of a stressful situation and change it for the better.
Change Your Attitude
Unfortunately, not all stressful situations or responsibilities can be changed. In these cases, it is often beneficial to change the way you approach the stressful problem. Do your best to stay focused on what really matters—your health, your relationships, your family—and find the positive aspects of the situation. Do not worry about things you cannot control and focus your energy on what you can control.
Practice Healthy Habits
There are many other ways people can reduce their stress burden each day. Exercise, for example, is a great way to keep stress levels low while building strength at the same time. Getting enough sleep keeps your attitude and coping abilities at their best. Eating a healthy, balanced diet also goes a long way in keeping your spirits high. Even with a low stress level, recovering from addiction can be a very difficult journey. You do not have to face it alone—contact the caring medical team of Las Encinas Hospital at (888) 348-2165 for the finest behavioral health care.