It’s no big secret that the new year comes with an inherent amount of stress. For those coping with addiction, this is particularly true. This year may present high-pressure situations that challenge recovery. But, with a handful of proactive steps for stress management and an excellent support system, it does not have to be.
Here are some great options for managing stress during the year.
Go to meetings
Meetings provide a safe place for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. They host a highly supportive environment where those in recovery can go to get support, get things off their chests and share experiences – without fear of judgment. This kind of safe-zone atmosphere makes meetings a great option for de-stressing and releasing that pent-up new year tension. What’s more, meetings also provide a feeling of supportive togetherness, helping to curb the sometimes-lonely aspect of early recovery.
Work it out
Exercise can do wonders for stress management, even if it’s just for a short jog. Physical activity boosts your brain’s production of endorphins, commonly referred to as the body’s “feel good” neurotransmitters – meaning you won’t just seem to feel better, you actually will! When incorporated as part of regular routine, the positive impact can go even further, providing a daily outlet for stress and irritation. Plus, it’s really good for you! Swimming, running, jogging, walking, yoga and Pilates are all great options.
Speaking of feel-good activity, the new year is as good a time as any to begin a meditation regimen in the interest of staying relaxed and sober during your recovery journey. Some people incorporate a spiritual component to their meditation, but that part is a personal decision for you to make and completely optional. Meditation works by relaxing the mind and channeling it a place of peaceful well-being. It’s a simple practice that’s existed for thousands of years, helping countless people manage stress. During the last few weeks of the year and into the first few weeks of the next, this can be a truly powerful tool for overcoming the stressors of the new year and keeping you calm, at peace and sober.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, The Watershed is here to help. We’re available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-861-1768.