Addiction recovery is all about living a life of freedom and hope—and that means safeguarding yourself against relapse. It is not at all uncommon for those in recovery to have some relapses, though, and usually the trigger is stress. Seasons of intense stress can exacerbate the underlying problem of addiction, but there are ways to protect yourself against it. Indeed: Doing so is essential for long-term recovery.
Make Stress Mitigation Part of Your Recovery
Here are just a few ways to build stress mitigation into your post-treatment life.
Prioritize. Streamline your days by eliminating any non-essential tasks, instead focusing on the basics—going to therapy, reconnecting with family, taking time for yourself, and attending to whatever work or school responsibilities you have.
Talk to people. Have close friends in whom you can confide, vent, or ask for help when you need it.
Know what your stressors are. Working with a therapist, talk through some of the things you know to trigger stress—and develop a plan for avoiding these triggers as best you can.
Sleep. Get those eight hours every night, giving your body and mind the strength needed to cope with each day’s new challenges.
Find stress releasing activities. This could be yoga, jogging, walking, keeping a journal, painting—just pick something you can do to release tension and fight stress.
Try some breathing exercises. You can either take a local yoga class, or simply download an app to guide you through this.
Eat right. Like sleep, nutrition is vital for fortifying your body against new stresses and anxieties.
The bottom line: Stress happens—but when you plan for it, and prepare yourself to face it, you can minimize its effects. And doing so is absolutely essential for your ongoing recovery from addiction.
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