There is no denying the fact that life can be pretty stressful. This is exceptionally true when there is someone struggling with addiction in your family or circle of friends. While it is good to help them out, you need to also take care of yourself. It would make very little sense to give all you’ve got to help someone else and not leave anything for yourself.
When you are trying to help someone who is struggling with alcoholism, life can seem like it is wound up pretty tightly. It could be fine one day but one wrong word or odd action can set off a rather tense and toxic environment. If you are planning on helping anyone out with their issues, it would be best for you to pick up activities that can help you release stress. Here are three productive ones:
It is scientifically backed up that physical exertion is one of the best ways to help your body sort out stressors. Exercise also produces dopamine which triggers the pleasure sensors of your brain. Doing yoga can do more for you than any sort of exercise because it involves meditation and grounding as part of its flow.
Yoga can help you work out and find your center.
The act of writing down your emotions can be a pretty cathartic exercise. You get to say what you want down unto the paper without having to vocalize anything that may set off the situation. The simple act of writing is a great way to unburden your feelings and still stay responsible.
A popular activity that often suggested by therapists is to write a letter to a particular person and then burn it afterwards. You get the emotional release without having to worry about how the other person is going to take it.
Routine and structure is often a good way to bust out stress. If there was anything that has both, it would be the act of baking. Baking has very precise instruction which also do not require significant thought.
Baking can keep you preoccupied and getting what you’ve made at the end of the activity is a great way to sort out your emotions and just keep your mind away from troubling ideas.
When it comes to helping others, it is very important that you are well-adjusted. It will not help anyone if you have your own issues that aren’t sorted out. Chances are you will just end up clashing with the troubled individual. So we hope that you’ll try out the activities we’ve mentioned above!
What productive activity do you use to help manage stress?