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Guest Blog: 10 Powerful Tips To Manage Stress In Recovery



September is National Recovery Month. Whether the addiction is drug related, alcohol related or food related the challenges and struggles have many similarities. The tips and tools we can access to help us in our ongoing management of these diseases are virtually the same. As we face the escalation and consequences of these addictions it is even more important to provide information and guidance from experts to help us in our daily coping. We hope this unique blog will help many, starting with our readers.

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Stress is an inevitable part of recovery. Whether it is finances, relationship, family, work or health, stress is one of the many factors that should be dealt accordingly after a substance addiction treatment.

Everyone knows that stress is one big trigger for relapse. This is primarily the reason why recovering individuals need to adapt a healthy lifestyle to manage the frustration and tension they encounter in recovery.
Check out the tips that can help you or your loved one in dealing with stress during recovery:

Tip#1: Identify where stress is coming from.

Why are you getting stressed? Is it because of your chaotic relationship with your partner, upcoming celebration, or looming job promotion? Whatever is causing you stress, you should be able to identify it. It’s not enough that you know what is stressing you. You should do something about it. The possibility of a relapse is enough for individuals to get stressed, especially in early recovery. List down the things that you think are stressing you. Indicate how you feel at that moment, both physically and emotionally. Write also what can you do to deal with it. The power of mindfulness can help you deal with stress better and avoid relapse.

Tip#2: Avoid stress.

One of the practical solutions to manage stress in recovery is to avoid it. After pinpointing your stressors, work on things that are stressing you a lot. Is it your workload in the office? Try to talk to your boss about it, or try finding a new job. If it’s your relationship with your partner that is stressing you, talk to your partner and work on the issues to avoid the problems. Find solutions to each problem to avoid stress.

Tip#3: Manage your time.

You’re not yet 100 percent well in early recovery. It is the time that you’re still facing a roller coaster of emotions as part of the post withdrawal symptoms. It’s important not to take so much work or responsibilities to prevent tension. Work on small things one at a time. Don’t try to do big things that will only make you tired or upset at the end of the day. Make sure that you stay committed to your recovery activities and you have time to relax.

Tip#4: Release the tensions.

One strategy to get away with stress is to vent it out to someone you can trust. Share how you feel and what is confusing you. Make sure that you open up to someone, who can understand what you’re going through after your substance addiction rehab. This can help you unload the burdens and clear your thoughts, rather than make you feel bad or guilty. If you don’t feel like talking, you can write in your journal to free the bad thoughts and feelings right at that moment.

Tip#5: Practice stress-coping skills.

You should practice the coping skills that you have learned during recovery regularly. At the same time, you should continue to enhance these skills and learn more to properly deal with stress. There are plenty of ways to manage stress, including yoga, meditation, exercise, massage, socializing, and many more.

Tip#6: Sleep on time.

Sleep is very important in managing stress, improving the mood and boosting one’s immune system. During recovery, adults should sleep for seven to eight hours. If you’re not meeting this, learn ways to improve your sleep.

Tip#7: Prioritize stress-free activities.

If you don’t want stress, you should avoid activities that will stress you. Do only activities that would inspire, make you stronger and better inside and out. If there are activities that make you feel the opposite, avoid it now. When you feel that you’re getting stressed, take a break or do relaxation techniques to calm your mind and body.

Tip#8: Mind your body.

One of the best things to deal with stress is to take care of your body. Eat nutritious foods that will nourish your body. Exercise to enhance the production of feel good hormones “endorphins.”

Tip#9: Cut the negative people out of your life.

The moment you step out of the rehab, you need to work on avoiding toxic people, who are not good for your recovery. You should avoid people, who are going to influence you to use drugs, or alcohol again or those who don’t support your recovery. You need support, care and love and not stress.

Tip#10: Practice sober activities.

What do you like exploring now that you’re out of the rehab? Do you want to continue your passion in music, arts or traveling? Now is the time to focus your attention in sober activities that will enhance your skills and help you concentrate on rebuilding your life. It’s a great stress-buster while facing your recovery.


About the Author: Peter Nowalk is a recovering cocaine user, speaker, writer and counselor. Since he became sober, he has continued to help other recovering individuals in living a healthy and stress-free recovery. He is also a consultant at rehabcenters.com.


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