In our addictions, we typically only have a single mechanism to cope with stress- and it is using drugs or alcohol. Once we enter sobriety, it is crucial to develop new ways of dealing with stress in a healthy manner. Here we go over some of our best methods of coping with stress while in recovery.
Attending recovery meetings is often one of the best methods for coping with stress in recovery. Often times, other people in sobriety will best understand the typical stress in which we go through.
Meetings provide a great forum also to receive feedback on how to better deal with situations that occur in day-to-day life.
2) Stress relieving hobbies
Addiction and/or alcoholism typically are a full-time job within itself, leaving us little time for any hobbies. Having a stress-relieving hobby, however, is crucial to sobriety. This can include any sort of hobby, from music, sports, books, etc.
3) Physical activity
Working out or other sorts of physical activity is an incredibly powerful stress-reliever. It also releases natural endorphins, which can even help with cravings that may crop up in sobriety.
4) Talking with someone in the program
Sometimes we simply cannot stop everything we are doing and head to a meeting. This is where the importance of having a support group and a sponsor come into play. Having someone in the program to call and vent to can often times serve as just what we need to get rid of stress we are going through.
While it may sound cliché (and for good reason), spiritual practices can often shed unwanted stress in sobriety. There are countless ways to practice spirituality. For those more religiously inclined, prayer often is a great practice to achieve serenity.
For the atheist/agnostics, meditation often suffices just as well as prayer. For still others, yoga can focus the mind away from stressful thoughts.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.