Managing Holiday Stress
While the holiday season is meant to be a time of joy and cheer, it can also bring on high amounts of stress. Unfortunately, stress is one of the leading causes of relapse for those struggling with addiction. Thankfully, there are plenty of constructive ways that you can ward off the holiday blues and avoid turning to substance abuse.
Take a Nature Walk
While taking a walk on nature trails can be a beautiful and enjoyable experience, it can also help you to ease distressing emotions. Walking alone in a serene environment can help you clear your mind and be more present, allowing your brain to reset and recharge. Whether you decide to take a long walk around your neighborhood or stroll through your favorite park, walking can help you to feel more at ease.
Write in Your Journal
While you may have written in a journal or diary in your younger years, writing down your innermost thoughts and feelings proves to be cathartic and helps to reduce your stress levels. This is because it allows you to work through your thoughts and vent without the fear of judgement. Next time you’re feeling intense emotions, take out your journal or a scrap piece of paper and write it out.
Spend Time With Loved Ones
The holidays are meant to celebrate togetherness and gratitude, so what better time than now to remember the reason for the season? Spending time with people who love and support you can help to elevate your mood and help you to feel supported. Plus, smiling and laughing are known to have mental health benefits, releasing dopamine and serotonin, ultimately boosting your mood.
Be Kind to Yourself
If you find yourself really struggling with your mental health throughout the holiday season or you deviate from your path of sobriety, remember to be kind to yourself. Remember that you’ve come a long way and you have the opportunity to continue on the path toward wellness and recovery. You have the strength to hold yourself accountable and do what’s best for you.
Spiritual Recovery at Impact Recovery Center
At Impact Recovery Center, we believe addiction is a problem that centers in the mind, but more importantly, in a broken internal condition that one cannot remedy on their own. Our dedicated and compassionate team are ready to help you take the first step towards a sober life.
If you are interested in speaking with our team, call (205) 707-6950 or to learn more about our structured, spiritual, recovery-based program