Tips to Reducing Stress During Your Time in Addiction Counseling

Choosing to get help for addiction is a big opportunity to improve your lifestyle, behaviors, and thought patterns. But, taking the time out of your life to get help and changing your life for the better can be a bit overwhelming. So, it’s not uncommon for people who are getting help from an addiction Counseling facility to experience stress. But, while stress is common during counseling, it’s important to address it and work on reducing stress. This way, stress doesn’t get in the way of you reaching your addiction counseling goals. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to manage stress during the time you spend with counseling. 

Find out some of the things you can do to reduce stress during counseling so that you get the most out of your time getting help. 

Identifying What Stress Is

Stress is a symptom of experiencing various physical and emotional triggers. Essentially, stress is a reaction to things that are overwhelming which can include a number of things like financial responsibilities, relationship struggles, lifestyle changes, and more. While stress is a normal, human reaction to things that cause anxiety, people who are receiving counseling for addiction must learn methods to subdue stress levels. This way, they don’t become overwhelmed with stress and can move forward with meeting their counseling objectives. 

Why Should People in Counseling for Addiction Learn to Manage Stress?

Living with high levels of stress can be damaging to both physical and mental health. It can negatively affect sleep, which can put more exhaustion on a person who’s recovering from addiction, making it more difficult to focus on goals for counseling. Furthermore, stress can negatively impact the immune system, putting people in counseling at risk of developing illnesses that can put their recovery goals in jeopardy. Finally, high levels of stress can lead to the development of mental health issues like depression and anxiety, which can make the process of getting help for addiction even more challenging than it already is. Therefore, it’s important for people who are getting help for mental health issues like addiction to understand the importance of learning to manage stress and to put into practice ways to reduce stress levels during counseling. 

There are many things that people in Counseling for addiction can do to work to reduce stress levels including: 

 

Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is vital for a number of things including mood management, immune health and function, and concentration. All of these things are important for addiction counseling. Stress can negatively impact sleep, but not getting enough sleep can make stress worse. So, it can be helpful to utilize tips that can make getting more and better sleep more accessible. If you find that you’re not getting enough sleep, it can be beneficial to establish a sleep schedule. When we align ourselves with a certain sleep schedule, our bodies adjust and are more willing to rest and get up every day. For example, set a specific time to sleep and wake up every day and stick to this routine. Furthermore, it can help to make your sleep environment more sleep-focused. This can include removing any screens in the room, darkening the room, and using sleep sound machines to make you more relaxed before bedtime. When you find yourself getting more and more effective sleep, you may find that managing stress becomes easier. 

Using Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness is a state of mind in which you are present for any particular moment. This helps a person steer clear of distractions and worrying about the past or future, which can be a trigger for stress for many people getting help through addiction counseling. Mindfulness can be evoked in a number of ways – typically, by using mindfulness-based techniques. Some of these techniques may include yoga, walking or existing in nature, and meditation. Try some of these methods out and attempt to focus on the present moment by thinking about your present goals and what you’re grateful for in your life. Practicing mindfulness is shown to be effective in managing stress, so it’s good to learn for people who are in the early stages of recovery as these methods can be utilized throughout their entire lives, as recovery isn’t just the time spent in counseling – it may last a lifetime if it’s taken care of. 

Using Self Care

Self-care are act of taking care of oneself. A person cannot be expected to overcome stress without first taking care of themself. But, self-care is not something that comes naturally – it is something that a person must take the initiative to achieve. It’s vital that people who want to overcome the impacts of stress intentionally take care of themselves so that they are prepared to focus on goals and objectives in counseling as well as manage stress levels. Self-care can look different for everybody, as self-care is acts that help a person to love themselves more. Some examples of self-care acts can include practicing good hygiene, exercising, taking a bubble bath and putting on a face mask, taking a walk, and listening to a podcast. 

Getting Help for Stress and Addiction

For people who are living with active addiction, there is hope for recovery through Counseling. During Counseling, you will not only be given the tools to remain sober but also to manage stress. At Lotus Healing, we help folks who are struggling with addiction obtain healing and recovery. Find out more about our services from our website.

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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