Reducing your Stress Can Decrease your Cravings

We live in a stressful world. With the day to day grind, financial concerns, and raising a family, you may feel that you can’t escape stress. When you’re in recovery, managing stress is critical for your continued sobriety. While you may not be able to avoid stress completely, reducing your stress and reactions to stress can help decrease cravings to use.

Using alcohol and drugs can appear like a way to unwind, reward yourself for a job well done, or even temporarily escape. When you’re in recovery, you have to find a way to manage stress in a healthy manner.

Completely removing stress from your life is not possible. Using alcohol and drugs can seem like a way to unwind, reward yourself for a job well done, or even temporarily escape. When you’re in recovery, you must find a way to manage stress in a healthy manner. There are effective solutions to assist with decreasing or managing stress. With continued practice, healthy stress management will be an important part of your toolkit while on the journey of sobriety.

Practicing mindfulness, a meditation technique, can assist with managing stress. This solution can teach you to be aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental manner. This technique allows for you to observe your stress. Observing and acknowledging your stress can help with reducing negative reactions.

Breathing techniques are an effortless way to manage stress while in the moment. Learning a breathing technique that is comfortable for you can assist with stress management. Breath work can be done discreetly which is beneficial. Mindful breathing can be done anywhere for any situation that arises.  Exercise is another way to manage stress. Exercise will not just physically get you in shape, but it can also emotionally and mentally assist you with “feeling good” as it increases the release of dopamines.

Another way to reduce stress can be listening to your favorite band or album. Music has a way to help you changing focus. Music allows for a moment of escape from the stressors in your life. Taking time to go for a walk with headphones in your ear can make a difference in the way you handle stress.

Hired Power are compassionate innovators at helping you achieve sobriety. Hired Power has the resources to connect you to the tools you need to have success. Through our range of services and expertise, you can stay sober. Contact us now at 714-559-3919.

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