The everyday ‘pace’ that we all experience seems to be getting faster and faster with age. It seems as though there is numerous tasks to complete, but yet so little time in which to complete them. If you are recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, the last thing you need is an abundance of stress.
Sometimes it may seem that you cannot eliminate your stress; your bills keep on coming, there is not enough time for your errands and your family, and career responsibilities continue to be demanding. Perhaps because of all this stress, you have had moments where you find yourself in a situation that could lead to a potential relapse. If you can relate, it is important to know that you have a lot more control than you think; in fact, you are always in control of your life. Just becoming aware of this can give you the perfect foundation to help you deal with any stress that you encounter. Once you have realized this, there are numerous healthy and simple things that you can do to help you deal with any stress and avoid any relapse that may occur because of this stress.
Healthy Tip 1: Set Realistic Goals
You are likely to be familiar with setting goals; especially during recovery. Goals that you set should challenge you, but should not be so unrealistic that they create stress. If you are finding that some of these goals you are trying to accomplish are wearing you down, then take a step back, put them on hold, and work on other ones that are more realistic at the current time. Don’t look at it as if you are giving up, because you aren’t, you are simply putting them aside for now.
Healthy Tip 2: Say No
Perhaps you take up more tasks than a superhero could undertake; this is not healthy and is not worth it. Learn how to say no to tasks that can be done by others around you, and decline when asked to assist in other tasks if you are already occupied with ones that you are still working on.
Healthy Tip 3: Choose Your Words
Instead of saying things like “I have to…” try saying “I choose to…” Changing these simple statements around will put you back into control and eliminate negative stress causing words like “have to”. Even the hardest tasks will seem better when you choose to do them versus having to do them.
Healthy Tip 4: Eliminate Sources
Try and work out the different things that stress you out, once you have done so, eliminate as many as possible. For example, if you become stressed out when you go grocery shopping because there are too many people, try to find a time where there are less people; therefore, the experience can be less stressful.
Healthy Tip 5: Think Positive
Instead of dwelling on things that may not be going the way you want them to, look at the brighter side of life and think positive. Dwelling in negativity will only wear you down even more and cause your stress levels to rise.
Healthy Tip 6: Focus
If you find yourself stressing out about the numerous tasks you must complete, then choose one, focus on it , and only when you complete it should you move on to the next task. Performing this simple tip will lift any unnecessary burdens and allows you to produce and complete tasks that are of quality, with the least bit of stress involved.
Healthy Tip 7: Celebrate
Whenever you have reached a goal or accomplishment, go ahead and celebrate in a healthy manner. Take a little break, go out and treat yourself to a special dinner and/or dessert, etc. By doing this, you will become refreshed, prepared, and motivated for whatever is to come.
Remember, Find a Balance
Managing and dealing with stress all comes down to taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, environment, actions, and the way that you handle problems. It is important to try and find a balance in your life with time put aside for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun. This has to be done in addition to holding up under any pressure or challenges that you may encounter. By doing all of the above you may not only be able to get a grip on any stress, but also stay on the right road of recovery and prevent any relapse from happening.
On a leaving note, remember, sometimes its okay to do nothing, sit back, relax, and breathe.