Practicing relaxation can mean more than deep breathing. Relaxation can help with strong feelings such as stress, anxiety and even anger. There are many different ways to practice relaxation. Some of these should be practiced daily for the best results. Implementing these daily allows for your baseline of emotions to be at a much lower level so whenever you do find yourself in a situation where you start to feel stronger emotions you are more likely to turn to relaxation techniques to calm yourself down.
Self-monitoring or decreasing feelings of strong emotions can be huge in recovery, especially early recovery. Feeling such strong emotions like stress and anxiety are some of the most common triggers people list as reasons for relapsing or returning to using.
Let us explore some ways to make relaxation a part of your way of life:
These are just a few of the ways you can practice relaxation. Remember building healthy habits takes time. Continue to practice these things until they become part of your everyday life. If you would like more information on how to practice these techniques, a quick internet search can give you lots more tips. Also, know help is only a phone call away; Centerstone can help if substance use or behavioral health counseling would be beneficial for you and learning how to relax and better handle your emotions.
Mandy Hazel, BS CADC, has been a counselor and case manager at Centerstone’s Fellowship House campus since July 2014. Mandy works with patients in the outpatient, detox, residential and family programs and has also served as a preventionist.