Working on sobriety is a challenge on its own. Even once you reach sobriety and begin to gain traction in kicking your addiction, you’ll still encounter other day-to-day challenges. Stress is a natural part of life, so you’ll inevitably have to face it. If you’re worried about how stress will affect your sobriety, contact The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation for support and consider a few of these tips for dealing with stress in sobriety.
Stress And Sobriety
Part of working towards sobriety is learning how to deal with stress so as not to fall back into your addiction as a coping mechanism. Stress can come from relationships, work responsibilities, uncertain situations, or past experiences. In general, though, some stress is normal and can help you respond to situations with more focus and intention.
Prioritize Your Health Every Single Day
One of the best ways you can combat stress is to prioritize your health every single day. This means making sure you’re getting at least 30 minutes of exercise several times per week and eating a healthy diet. It’s also important to get enough sleep, setting a reasonable time to go to bed and wake up in the morning.
Dealing with stress becomes even more difficult when you’re achy, tired, and miserable from a lack of exercise, sleep, and a poor diet. When you feel better, are well-rested, and are generally healthy, you can tackle stress that comes your way with more ease and balance.
Find A Hobby That You Love
In sobriety, finding a stress-relieving hobby will help you to take your mind off of the struggles and stressors of daily life. This could be in the form of exercise, like running or biking, or art-related activities like painting, drawing, or music.
Ideally, these hobbies will also help you to surround yourself with a community of people with similar interests. They’ll share a love of your hobby and encourage you to grow and pursue it.
Turn To Faith Or Meditation
Turn to faith or meditation to find clarity of the mind and inner peace amidst the stressors of life. Many people find comfort and security in prayer or contemplation. Pairing this with prioritizing your physical health and maintaining a hobby will allow you to take on any stress that comes your way.
Surround Yourself With Support
Surround yourself with family and friends who will offer a listening ear and support when you need it. Sometimes stress can get the best of us, so it helps to have a support system that will listen to you and offer guidance on how to move forward. It’s important that these individuals want what is best for you and want to see you succeed in your sobriety.
Consider A Sober Living Environment
If you are struggling to stay clean and sober, a sober living environment may be right for you. The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation offers men’s sober living residences in the beautiful coastal region of Charleston, SC.
Contact us today. We would love to talk to you about how we can help.