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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

20 Ways to Manage Stress

Being stressed is unfortunately becoming the nationwide norm these days. Despite a hopeful drop in overall stress levels last summer, a survey earlier this year showed a significant spike, according to the American Psychological Association.

To review: Chronic stress can unsettle nearly all bodily processes and trigger a slew of health problems, including anxiety, depression, heart disease, weight gain, memory impairment and weakened immune system. And it’s also one of the leading causes of relapse. 

So how can you safeguard your sobriety and keep stress in check? Fortunately, some simple strategies have been study-proven to help tame those tensions — whether you’re dealing with a craving or family conflict.

Here are a few healthy steps to try today: 
  1. Identify your stress triggers.
  2. Write in a journal.
  3. Take slow, deep breaths.
  4. Focus on the now with mindfulness exercises.
  5. Meditate.
  6. Turn up the tunes.
  7. Go for a walk or hike. 
  8. Take up some sort of regular exercise, like yoga.
  9. Learn to say “no” once in a while.
  10. Do something creative or engage in a favorite hobby.
  11. Make a to-do list to organize daily tasks. 
  12. Call up a good friend.
  13. Take a relaxing and calming bath.
  14. Avoid bad habits, including poor food choices as well as addictive substances and behaviors.  
  15. Make sleep (and good sleep) a priority. 
  16. Learn to laugh; humor does heal. 
  17. Spend some quiet time in nature.
  18. Take breaks from smart phones and social media.
  19. Spend quality time with supportive friends and family.
  20. Seek professional help, if none of these methods seem to do the trick. 
Staying Centered at The Haven
Taking a few moments to meditate before stressful situations can lead to more mindful decisions and greater strength to remain sober. At The Haven at Pismo, we offer a variety of holistic treatment approaches, including yoga and meditation, to our clients. To learn more, call 805-202-3440.