Stress in Recovery
People in recovery from alcoholism, addiction or codependency often experience stress in forms not previously experienced. Additionally, recovery or abstinence means that stress is experienced in raw form without the anesthetizing effect of alcohol, drugs or relationship dynamics. This article may help in sobriety.
Stress is like dark chocolate. A little of it won’t kill you. In fact, small blocks here and there can be good for you, or at least give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. But chronic and severe stress can damage your body and mind, blocking the fluid communication to and from most organs–especially in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and in the limbic system, the brain’s emotional center. Believe me, you want these two systems running as smoothly as possible, with low levels of the delinquent stress hormones in your bloodstream. Which is why I always keep some stress busters handy.
The list of stress busters includes;
- Use Pencil, Not Pen
- Give Away Your Cape
- Collaborate and Cooperate
- Stop Juggling
- Build Boundaries
- Think Globally
Go to the original article to see discussions on these stress busters at Psych Central