Stressful Life Events Don’t Have To Cause Depression Or Fuel Addiction
What can you do when stressful life events threaten your emotional wellbeing? Are you tempted to drink too much, go shopping, sleep all day? The sages remind us that nothing in life is certain except change. What goes around comes around. That means nothing lasts forever. Every day we change, for the better or for worse. Change is an inevitable part of the circle of life. You’re never going to have a perfect life all the way through, and when things go horribly wrong you can feel overwhelmed. What are some examples of stressful life events and tips to cope with them.
Loss Or Change Of Job
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, many people lost their jobs or were forced to change their current occupations. Also, the pandemic shattered finances of almost all of us to the core. Now, more than ever, having a stable financial income is essential. So, you might be forced to change your job in the process. Starting fresh professionally can be a considerable burden, especially to the people who don’t like change. After all, you have to prove Yourself all over again. Can you step out of your your comfort zone to cope with it? Yes. You can beat stress.
Stressful Life Events Can Bring New Opportunities
We know people who have taken jobs they thought they’d hate and found new motivation and job satisfaction in unexpected ways. Since you don’t know how things will turn out, your attitude can make a big difference in your stress level. Change of work is frightening, but here you can focus on what motivates you, what you enjoy instead of what potentially can make you anxious about new challenges. Gratitude that you are still here can also ease distress when change and fear threaten to get you down. Having an open mind when life is not in your control can be your best friend.
When You Lost Your Home Or Have To Move
Stressful life events like moving are overwhelming even for the most calm among us. Moving from one place to another, either for a job, or a relationship, or because you’ve lost your home can be one of the most stressful of life changes. When you move, especially if it’s a long distance, you have to start fresh, often in an environment, you’re not familiar with. You know no one and have no resources. You worry whether you’ll be accepted and whether you’ll fit in.
This is where your social skills come in. Yes, you can manage even if you’re shy. An excellent way to cope with this change is to find like minded people similar. Join a 12 step group or religious organization. Volunteer for a charity. Being of service is one of the best ways to get out of yourself and relieve stress. Making connections means having additional support and guides to help you through all the adjustments that moving brings. Also, this is an excellent time to practice more self-care and be kinder to yourself. More about self care later.
Stressful Life Events Like Addiction Need A Plan
We’ll start with get addiction recovery help. You can’t heal on your own. All the stressful life events we’ve mentioned so far can trigger addictions and relapses of substance use. Addiction is stressful. It hurts you and everyone in your life. You can lose your job, get arrested, physically hurt other people, and end relationships you value. Making the decision to get healthy again and stop using is the very best thing you can do, but it can also be stressful. What will happen to you? Can you get well again, can you recover your job and relationships? These are the questions that keep the worry going. That’s why it’s so important to find therapists and treatment providers who can keep you focused as you work on your sobriety and emotional recovery.
Surround yourself with the people you love and trust. Whether it’s the AA meeting or a talk with an understanding co-worker, make sure you have all the support you need. We can’t stress enough that there’s no shame in asking mental health professionals for help. They will change your life for the better.
Divorce And Breakups
Till death due us apart sometimes, unfortunately, means ”till betrayal do us apart.” There are many betrayal scenarios, and each one is painful. Starting over after being crushed by a breakup or relationship you had high hopes for can be highly stressful. This is a tricky life event because your friend group might be significantly reduced, meaning you’ll not have as many shoulders to cry on. After all the legal battles, you want to isolate and rest for a year. However, this is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with yourself. Remember who you were before you were in symbiosis with another human being. Travel, do the things you always postponed in a relationship. Discover what makes you happy all over again.
Let Go Of Unhealthy Habits
Did you know that unhealthy habits are stressful, too? You know you’re not supposed to do it, but you can’t help yourself. You feel bad about the habit and bad about yourself. If you’ve used alcohol or substances in the past and now face a breakup or divorce loneliness can trigger old bad habits. So, instead of drowning your sorrow in a cocktail or in pills, try another path. According to addiction treating experts at Bright Futures Treatment Center Florida, in these times, it’s best to turn to occupations that give you a sense of a reward (increased secretion of hormones of reward is one of the primary mechanisms that cause addictions in the first place). It takes 30 days to break a bad habit that are not addictions. It takes longer to build long term recovery. But here are some stress reducers that help.
Try Some Healthy Activities
We love hobbies. Listening to music, singing, cooking, even binge-watching your favorite TV shows can reduce your stress. Do you know about forest bathing? Have you tried breathing and meditation? They both reduce stress and improve brain function. Exercise can also change your life. Check out. How Does Exercise Heal? You may not know exactly how to adapt to stressful life changes and how to cope with them right now, but that’s okay. It’s a learning process. All you need to do is learn how to stick with it and work on being your best self. Life is an adventure.
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