Monday, August 8, 2016

Developing Healthy Coping Skills

Woman walking in the park
Every once in a while, life will throw you a curveball. Your car might break down on the way to work or your boss might give you a last minute deadline for a big project. Unexpected events like these can’t be avoided, but the good news is that you can learn healthy coping skills to reduce stress and avoid turning to drugs or alcohol.

3 Healthy Coping Skills 
1. Connect with Nature. When you’re anxious or depressed, it’s natural to seek the comfort of your own home, crawl into bed and binge-watch reality TV on Hulu. But, during times of emotional stress, isolating yourself can actually make things worse.

Instead, lace up your running shoes and take a walk around your block or drive to a local park and simply appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. And, you don’t have to invest a lot of time outdoors to enjoy substantial health benefits. According to a 2010 study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers found that people experienced a boost in their mood and self-esteem after spending just five minutes outside!

2. Phone a friend. It’s normal to occasionally feel anxious and stressed when the unexpected happens. But, you should remind yourself that you’re not alone. Everyone is on their own journey in life and we each must learn how to deal with difficult circumstances. When you’re stressed out, pick up your phone and call a trusted friend or family member. Sometimes it’s helpful to get another perspective and if nothing else, simply hear a friendly, caring voice.

3. Treat yourself to a nutritious meal. Emotional and physical stress can wear on your mind, body and spirit. To keep yourself strong and avoid getting fatigued, prioritize your health and well-being by nourishing your body. Had a bad day at work? Why not take the time to relax and enjoy a healthy meal at your favorite restaurant? Put away your phone, slow down and appreciate your surroundings. 

Stronger Together 
By learning and practicing healthy coping skills, you can empower yourself and feel more confident about dealing with stress for a healthier, happier you. Finding the right addiction treatment center can help you get on the path to healing. Rising Roads Recovery has created a program that is dedicated to helping women get and stay sober. Contact us for more information at (866) 746-1558.

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