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When you are dealing with difficult situations at work or some other stress in your life, turning to alcohol, drugs or even food to unwind may seem like an easy and simple solution. The first glass of wine or innocent bite of chocolate may do wonders to calm you down and help you recover from the anxiety and tension you feel. The reality is that these temporary aids can have long-term effects on your health, both physical and mental, and ultimately rob you of your happiness. There are other ways to relieve stress that are more beneficial for your overall well-being.

5 Ways to Relieve Stress

Instead of putting your mind and body at risk with unhealthy “self-medication”, consider these simple ways of relieving your stress without compromising your well-being.

Become a Yogi

Yoga has long been known as a popular method for relieving stress, but how many people actually use it? The deep, cleansing breaths and stretching after a long, stressful day at work can help you let go of the tension and stress – from head to toe. Pick up a class at your local gym, pop in a DVD or find something on YouTube. Yoga is available to anyone who wants to try it.

Venture Outdoors

Do you ever wonder why kids love to be outside as much as possible, from a very early age? It makes them feel better! And it can have the same effect on you. Take up gardening, go for a walk, or simply bask in the sunlight. Even a few minutes can make a huge difference. You can even do this during your work day by taking your breaks outdoors.

Giving Back

Communities and neighborhoods are full of people in need. Perhaps you even know of someone close to you who could use some encouragement.  You don’t have to do something extravagant. You can touch people’s lives in a variety of ways, whether a home-cooked meal, an encouraging card, or a volunteer opportunity. When you’re stressed, focusing on the needs of others can help by providing you with purpose and direction.

Adopt a Pet

You’ve probably already heard of numerous health benefits of owning a dog. Relieving stress and depression is at the top of the list. Pets are known for their unconditional love and are another way for you to feel a sense of purpose. Petting your dog can be very relaxing – a great way to relief stress. If you can’t have a dog of your own, visit a friend or pet shop and love on theirs!

Counseling Can Do Wonders

Life can be difficult, and no one should go it alone. Many benefit from individual counseling. Finding a person who can help you walk through your worries while implementing positive changes, can be so encouraging and rewarding.

Breaking free from addiction can be a difficult journey and looking for healthy ways to relieve stress is a commendable step. At Sober Houston, we understand your journey and how hard it can be to break free from the stress of everyday life. Contact Us for more information on simple ways to relief stress without putting your mind or body at risk.