One of the most important things that you can learn in recovery is how to deal with life stressors in a positive and healthy way. As addicts, we have learned to cope with stress by hiding and numbing the pain with drugs and alcohol. In recovery, we need to learn to confront our problems head on and face our fears openly.
Healthy ways to cope with stress are:
1. Take care of yourself: eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and know when to give yourself a break
2. Talk to your loved ones: let them know about your feelings at all times
3. Avoid all drugs and alcohol: this may seem like a temporary fix, but all they do is create more problems and increase the stress you are already experiencing
Remember to stay proactive in you recovery each and every day and use your positive coping skills when dealing with life stressors.