Stress Management Synopsis

Here at American Drug Recovery Program, Inc. we teach that managing stress is all about taking charge; taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment and the way you deal with problems.

The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation and fun, plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.

Stress management starts with identifying the source of stress in your life.  Your true sources of stress aren’t always obvious, and it’s all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

To identify true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude and excuses.

Unhealthy ways of coping with stress include; smoking, drinking too much, overeating or under-eating, zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer, withdrawing from friends, family and activities; using pills or drugs to relax, sleeping too much, procrastinating, filling up every minutes of the day to avoid facing problems, and taking out your stress on others through lashing out or anger.

Here at ADRP we teach healthier was to manage stress by; avoiding the stressor, changing the situation or changing your reaction to the situation.

Think of the four A’s:  Avoid, Alter, Adapt or Accept. Avoid the stressor, alter the stressor, adapt to the stressor or accept the stressor.

Not all stress can be avoided, and it’s not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. 

However, a number of stressors in life can be eliminated.  Avoid unnecessary stress by learning to say no; avoiding people who stress you out; taking control of your environment, avoiding hot button topics and by paring down your to-do-list.

To avoid stress, it’s better to express your feelings instead of bottling them up.  Also, be willing to compromise when possible; be more assertive and manage your time better.  Other ways include reframing the problem, looking at the big picture; adjusting your standards and focusing on the positive.  Accept things you can’t change, make time for fun and relaxation are just some of the ways we talk about in Stress Management.