We all have them. Those situations, people, and places that stress us out, no matter what we do to try to avoid them. In addiction treatment, we learn that when we can’t change our situation, the best course of action is to change our mindset. As a matter of fact, in most circumstances, adopting a different mindset should be the first step we take. When we’re conscious of what’s going on in our own headspace, and are mindful but not influenced by what’s going on around us, we’re able to see situations and people much more clearly.
The ultimate goal of modalities like process and yoga therapy is to teach us how to not just cope with situations that are out of our control, but to accept them and make the best of them.
When it comes to dealing with old stressors, the same principle applies. Here are a few new ways to deal with stressors of the past.
- Adopt a pet. According to Men’s Health magazine, pet lovers everywhere, and researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a furry friend actually provides more stress relief, on average, than a human companion.
- Get more exercise. If you learn one thing in addiction treatment at Tree House, it’s going to be how important exercise is for recovery. A sound mind is great on its own, but it excels inside of a sound body. After leaving treatment, there’s no reason to stop exercising rigorously. A good workout actually produces hormones that make us feel happier and more relaxed.
- Enjoy more nature. Southern California has it all, and when it comes to nature, the region delivers as well. You’ll get your share of sun-soaked beaches and nature hikes here in treatment, but you shouldn’t stop after you graduate. Taking time out to fish, hike, or just go for a walk can help us decompress and put things back into perspective.
- Listen to some good music. In this case, classical or bland music is best. According to a study done at Wilkes University, Muzak– the sort of background music played in elevators and the like– actually decreases stress and a host of other issues, like the common cold.
When it comes to addiction treatment, one of the most important things we teach our men is the ability to take the concepts and lessons they learn at Tree House, and apply them to their lives after they graduate. Old stressors don’t have to be a problem for the rest of our lives. All we need is the right tools to deal with them.
Tree House Recovery of Orange County, California is Southern California’s premier men’s only addiction treatment center. We believe in the power of knowledge, community, and empowerment to equip men with everything they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives after they graduate. Call us at (855) 202-2138 to see how we can help you today.