Stress is often one of the underlying contributors to many of the issues we treat at Promises. Stress can come in many forms including that from jobs, relationships or finances, as well as the stress that comes with having a substance use disorder or other mental health disorder.
Stress Management Techniques
Stress management can involve several different approaches designed to calm the sympathetic nervous system as well as provide practical problem-solving skills in the face of distressing situations. Stress management techniques vary by treatment center and individual treatment plan, but some of these may include:
Fitness – Much research has backed the benefits of physical activity for anxiety and stress. Exercise can release tension and stimulate feel-good, calming neurotransmitters in the brain. Fitness as a part of stress management therapy can include aerobic activities like running and swimming or lighter exercises like walking, yoga and stretching.
Mindfulness – Breathing meditation, body scans and other exercises that bring people back to the present moment can have a calming effect and serve as a healthy coping skill. Research has shown mindfulness has several benefits, including stress reduction.
Problem-solving skills – Clients work with their primary therapist and in group therapy to develop and refine problem-solving skills for addressing stressful situations in everyday life. Clients learn to communicate effectively, speak up for their needs, empathize with others and ask for help when needed.
Visualization – Visualization techniques can be used as part of stress management therapy to ground people in the present moment and stop ruminating thoughts. This can be a part of guided imagery, creating an image of a future desired outcome, or conjuring up an image that brings calm and relaxation.
Expressive therapies – Some of our treatment programs offer expressive therapies like art and music therapy. These approaches encourage clients to express themselves nonverbally, helping them process and release stress in alternative ways.
To learn more about Stress Management, call 844-876-5568