Are you just back home from going through a medically supervised alcohol detox recovery treatment? Have you spent the last while working hard in a long term drug rehab center? Sober living is all about knowing yourself. The most important thing you can do after therapy is to better understand the points of stress that trigger you. Just as important as knowing your triggers is building coping tools and starting to understand the ways you can effectively relieve stress without picking up a pipe or a wine glass.
Exercising for More than Just Physical Health
This is a series highlighting different ways to cope with stress after alcohol detox and addiction recovery treatment.
- Move Your Body. It really annoys me when someone tells me that all I need to do to treat my anxiety and depression is to exercise. “You would feel so much better if you just exercised a little bit.” They tell me. These are the same people who think any kind of medical treatment for depression, and anxiety is a scam. Don’t worry, I’m not here to do that to you. But it is true that exercise is great for immediate stress relief. It’s not going to cure your stress disorder, but it can help you navigate stressful, high tense situations with more clarity.
- Exercising your body, or any kind of rigorous activity releases dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. These are all fancy ways to say that exercise can make you feel good, quickly. In a moment when your stressors have you panicking, maybe try to take a walk, go for a run, get out of town and take a nature hike. Let your body have the movement it’s craving and let your brain relax amid the happy chemicals being released. A useful thing to do if you decide exercise is an effective coping mechanism to manage triggers or stress, is to use your *journal* and track what kinds of activities and intensity of workouts work best for you.
If you learn anything from this blog series about coping with stress, I want you to remember to always have a plan, and keep track of what works for you. Know what you are going to do before the stress even hits you. Keep ideas in your back pocket for when you need a good and effective stress reliever. This will help you manage triggers and cravings and will keep you on the path to a life lived in sobriety.
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