Drug and alcohol use is often thought of as a way to relax from a long day or relieve stress. The problem comes when relaxation turns into addiction. The need to relax doesn’t disappear when you get sober. Life is stressful and some moments are more difficult than others. Stress can occur because of career, family, and finances.
Successful recovery means learning how to relax in sobriety. Relaxation in recovery is also a positive reward. Relaxation gives you a break from the day to day to grind. Relaxation is really about self care. Self care is a principle that you need to establish in your recovery. There are many ways to incorporate self care and relaxation in your recovery.
Society may make it seem normal to relax after work with a drink or another vice. The truth is that this is not genuine relaxation. You won’t feel refreshed after using drugs and alcohol. However, you need to learn about the importance of relaxation in recovery.
Recovery does not mean that you won’t experience stress, so learning sober relaxation is key. The first step is to figure out what puts your mind at ease. Perhaps a cup of tea and a warm bath help you unwind. Make a list of activities that relax you and use them any time you feel stressed. Here are some examples:
Sober relaxation does not have to be complicated. Simply make a list of things you may enjoy and begin trying them out. Whenever you feel the need to relax, try a new activity. Eventually you will find what works for you.
No matter what, finding time to relax is important. You need to be able to destress and focus on yourself and your recovery. Life can be a little stressful sometimes, but you have the tools you need to handle it.
At The Kimberly Center, we care about your recovery. Call us now at 855-4-KCENTER to learn more about what treatment means for you. We are committed to helping you or your loved one stop the cycle of addiction with education, treatment, and compassion. At the Kimberly Center, you are in safe hands.