learn healthy ways to cope with stress

Learn healthy ways to cope with stress

Once you decide to take the step and bring about positive changes within your life and break free from the cycle of your unwanted drinking habits, you will first need to address the daily battle of your triggers and cravings.

But it doesn't end there as our stressors can be a major influence over maintaining sobriety it is so important that you begin to bring in new, healthy ways to cope with stress.

Many of us start using or find our alcohol intake increased as a means to:

  • Numb the pain of difficult emotions
  • To relax after a tough day
  • To forget our problems 
  • To calm down after an argument

The list can go on and on.

It is quite common that once you are sober any negative feelings which your alcohol usage would soften begin to bubble to the surface. 

Resolving any underlying issues is key to sustaining long term recovery.

learn healthy ways to cope with stress

But of course life will always throw those naughty curve balls at us and there will always be times when we go through different emotional states:

  • Stress
  • Shame
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Frustrations
  • Boredom

To name but a few and this is normal, as the saying goes- hey that's life and sometimes life can be tough going.

It stands to reason that finding ways to cope with these feelings when they surface is essential to your recovery process.

There is hope my friend and you can learn to manage your personal problems and keep those stress levels in check without sliding back into the addictive behaviour.

With consistency your confidence will grow in regards to facing these difficult emotions and your ability to destress quicker will strengthen.

Everyone is different so you need to find what works for you.

learn how to cope with stress

Here are some things you could try:

Get physically active

  • Take a brisk walk outside
  • Go for a run
  • Try Yoga
  • Do some stretches

Spend time in nature

Take in the air and the beauty of park land, fields, forests or the coast. Breathe in the landscapes.


If you have children spend some time at play or a dog or cat. Many people find playing with their pets even touching their fur can be relaxing.

Try aromas

Breathing in the scents of flowers, the sea and even perhaps coffee can take us to a place of relaxation and calm. Experiment with this.

Visualisation & meditation

Simply closing your eyes and visualising a peaceful place or fond memory can help and a short meditation practice can be ideal for balancing moods.

Do something for you

Take some time to give yourself a little TLC. a nice long soak in a bath with some candles, a relaxing cup of tea with some chilled out tunes or maybe book yourself in for a nice massage.

It is ok to treat yourself and have some moments for you!

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