Stress management techniques help you develop essential life skills and provide a healthy alternative to drug and alcohol use. When you begin your journey back to sobriety and drug-free living at Bayview Recovery, you learn valuable coping methods in our life skills training program.
At Bayview Recovery, we provide our clients with the tools to manage your stress in our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. If you need treatment for mental health or addiction, contact our Portland, Oregon treatment center at 855.478.3650 today.
Why You Need Stress Management Techniques
People develop addictions for a variety of reasons, and stress is often a significant factor. If you don’t learn to manage stress properly, you may turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with disappointment or frustration. In our addiction recovery programs, we emphasize stress management techniques to give you the tools to maintain your sobriety and lead a more productive lifestyle.
Time management teaches you to organize your day better to avoid falling behind schedule. When you are late for work or appointments, it can cause unnecessary stress. Traffic, delays, and minor setbacks can build up throughout the day. However, putting stress management techniques to work helps you visualize the day and react more positively when things don’t go according to plan.
Time management may seem like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. Wake up 15 minutes earlier to write out a plan for the day. Include responsibilities such as schoolwork and your job and include things you do to stay positive, such as journaling, meditating, eating right, exercising, and going to AA or NA meetings.
If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else, and it becomes challenging to stay on track with your recovery. Men especially often don’t feel like they need or deserve self-care, but they do. Everyone needs to set aside time to take care of themselves to feel positive about the day and stay on track with their lives after recovery.
Ask your family or spouse to help you carve out 30 minutes to relax and recharge. Then, decide how you will spend it. Lose yourself in a good book, take a long bath, or stretch and meditate. Taking care of yourself might mean saying no to obligations that distract you from your core purpose of living well. Becoming overwhelmed may send you down another path that leads to self-destruction. You deserve more.
As part of your individual therapy program at Bayview Recovery Center, your therapist may ask you to keep a journal or practice mindfulness meditation. These coping skills might make good candidates for the time you carve out for yourself.
Getting Dual Diagnosis Treatment To Manage Your Stress
For some individuals, mental health can significantly impact their stress levels. One part of your treatment at Bayview Recovery may be getting treatment for your mental health conditions. At our Oregon treatment center, we treat co-occurring disorders together, using dual diagnosis treatment. Dual diagnosis treatment means that you have a fighting chance at lifelong sobriety since you’ll have the tools to manage your mental health condition and addiction.
Stress Management Techniques at Bayview Center
Some of the stress management techniques you learn at Bayview Recovery include:
- Meditation therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy program
- Art therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Aftercare program
Learning stress management techniques at Bayview Recovery can help you on your journey to a happier, healthier life of sobriety. Don’t let worry and stress aggravate underlying mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression. Call us at 855.478.3650 today to find out how to get started or find out more about our services.