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Monday, August 15, 2016

Warning Signs of Stress

Finding a job. Managing finances. Making amends. Minding your health. Rebuilding trust. Avoiding triggers. Staying sober. Recovering from addiction means dealing with the garden-variety stressors – and then some.

Stress isn’t always a bad thing; in small doses it can be beneficial, helping you conquer fear or giving you that extra motivation and endurance to finish a project. Unchecked or poorly managed chronic stress, however, can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. It’s been linked to a variety of health hazards, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even suicide. And it can also threaten your sobriety. Multiple studies have shown that stress plays a major role in your risk of relapse.

In addition to finding ways to manage stress on a daily basis – think exercise, proper nutrition, sleep, meditation, yoga, etc. – your best defense against stress is to be able to hone in on your body’s warning signs. In other words, to be able to recognize when your body is telling you that it’s time to slow down, take a deep breath, and start regaining control over those inevitable stressors of your new sober life.

Your Body's Stress Cues
According to the American Psychological Association, the most common symptoms of stress include:

  • Headaches, muscle tension, neck or back pain 
  • Upset stomach 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Chest pains, rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep 
  • Fatigue 
  • Loss of appetite or overeating “comfort foods” 
  • Increased frequency of colds 
  • Lack of concentration or focus 
  • Memory problems or forgetfulness 
  • Jitters 
  • Irritability 
  • Short temper 
  • Anxiety 
Stress Management at The Haven 
Our team of addiction specialists recognizes the critical relationship between physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellness. As you transform your diet, exercise regime, and stress-relieving habits, your body begins to heal itself — and that's what we want for you. To learn more: call now: 805-202-3440.