Everything You Need to Know about Dealing with Stress Especially in Recovery
We all experience stress in our everyday lives and the stress response is a natural function of the body to keep us safe and maintain life. The stress response is the body’s response to adapt to a stressor and it influences many physiological processes in the body. This response is instinctive and automatic, and an essential function of a normal, healthy body. It’s part of our survival mechanism, but it’s meant to be only for a short duration.
Two Kinds of Stress
There are two kinds of stress. One is positive. For example, a positive stressor could be the birth of a child, marriage, or a new job/promotion. The other stressor is negative, which could be divorce, illness or financial issues.
Stressors vary in severity and rang from small irritating stressors like, “I can’t find my keys” to job loss or divorce.
Dealing with Stress
There are a few steps you can do to deal with stress.
You can change the situation by taking action. For example, you can excuse yourself from a situation, call a loved one or your sponsor, or someone who’s supportive. The next level of dealing with stress is changing your thoughts. Give yourself a pep talk. In the moment, change how your body responses to the stress. Relax. Take three deep breaths and slow down your thoughts while you pep yourself.
Calm is an acronym for:
C– Can I change the situation or how I react to it?
A– Can I accept the situation for what it is?
L– Can I let go of it and put my energy into something else?
M– Can I manage my lifestyle to meet today’s challenges?
Twice a day sit down in a comfortable chair or lie down on a sofa or bed in a quiet, private room. With your eyes open, pick out any noticeable feature of spot on a wall so that you are looking straight ahead. Look through the spot so you are focusing beyond or in back of it.
Take five deep breaths. On the last one, count steadily to eight, when you reach eight, close your eyes. Now breathe naturally. Begin counting backwards each time you exhale starting with 50. This still clear your mind and calm you.
If you need more help with dealing with stress, contact us today.
Stress in Short Term Can:
- Improve performance
- Motivate you
- Help focus your energy
- Be invigorating
- Improve your confidence
- Generate creativity on a project or hobby
- Increase resilience and adaptability
- Increase mental clarity
Chronic Stress Can:
- Cause anxiety and depression
- Lead to physical illness
- Cause fatigue and insomnia
- Drain energy
- Decrease motivation
- Undermine self-esteem
- Increase pain
- Decrease immune response and digestive function
- Decrease performance
- Decrease mental function
- Increase emotional instability
Another coping tool is YAHOO!
O– Options rather than using alcohol or drugs with your stress
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