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Stress Management and Addiction Recovery

Now that you are sober, you may worry about different scenarios causing you to relapse. For example, your high-pressure job may end in a return to substance abuse. You may be tired of the same old stress relievers, and desire to live the more balanced, satisfying lifestyle you were promised when sobriety became your priority. The good news is that stress and drug abuse or stress and alcoholism do not have to go hand in hand. Read on to learn about stress management and addiction recovery and how The Ranch PA can help you find different therapies and strategies to stay sober!

Sweat Once a Day

Do not discount the stress-relieving effects provided by regular exercise. Clinical evidence clearly demonstrates a strong link between regular exercise and a healthier, more relaxed state of mind. You also do not have to run a marathon or work out for two hours every day to enjoy its benefits. In fact, the most recent research indicates that you can accomplish just as much in 30 minutes as you can in longer stretches. And unlike antidepressants, which can take weeks to work, you will likely notice the emotional benefits of exercise immediately. Exercise helps take your mind off of the stressful situations that you may be experiencing in your life. It is important to make time for exercise every day so that you can help your mind relax and experience the positive benefits that come with it. Before you lace up your sneakers, get medical clearance if you have an old injury, heart problems, or other limitations. Start slowly, too — people who go hard every day are much more likely to sustain an injury, derailing a fitness plan before it even gets going. That means Crossfit, the next local Tough Mudder, and other extreme-style workouts may not yet be your best choices. If you belong to a gym, consider scheduling time with a personal trainer. Many gyms offer an initial consultation free of charge. There are so many different ways to get active. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to pick an activity that you enjoy and look forward to every day. This can be your daily escape from work and other stressful activities.

Choose An Activity That Is Right for You

If joining a gym is not your speed, there are plenty of other options to consider!

Outdoor Activities

Tennis is an extremely popular, very social, and ultra-healthy activity. Like other sports, there are plenty of programs for beginners, so do not let inexperience keep you on the sidelines. Check your local parks and preserves. Many include mountain hiking and mountain biking trails. Climbing centers, competition events, boxing workouts, biking, Pilates, dance classes, skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, basketball leagues, swimming, home fitness programs — there are endless ways to get fit without joining a local gym.


Yoga is an excellent stress-busting workout that also makes calmness of mind a centerpiece of every practice. Best of all, yoga is an excellent choice if you are new to fitness. Unlike other fitness activities in which skill level determines speed, trail, or weight, experts and novices can practice together comfortably in every class. That means you can go to hatha yoga with your best girlfriend who wants to be a fitness instructor and your husband who has never practiced. There are also several styles of yoga. “Power” yoga offers more cardio, while Bikram (or “hot”) yoga promises to release toxins through lots of sweating. Hatha yoga is the gentlest — and probably the easiest to manage — for someone who is new to fitness. The soothing atmosphere and poses can yield a calmer disposition in as little as one hour. If you are wondering about how to deal with stress management and addiction recovery, The Ranch PA can help. Contact us at 717.969.9126 to learn more about how we can help you on your recovery journey. (photo via)

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