Reducing stress in everyday life is essential for keeping the body healthy and happy. Stress not only brings down people's moods but also hurts their immune systems and other vital functions. During detox, stress management techniques are an essential part of overcoming substance use disorder. The more ways that people have to reduce stress, the better the chance that they have of avoiding relapse.

Why Stress Management Is Important

man in need of Stress Management TechniquesTo understand why managing stress is so important, people have to learn the science behind stress. Why is it so damaging to the body? When people undergo stress, their bodies experience both physical and chemical changes. Part of that process involves releasing norepinephrine and epinephrine. These chemicals make their bodies release more hormones such as adrenaline. For this reason, people experience high blood pressure and a rapid heart rate while under stress. Over time, these effects can lead to health problems, including:
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Asthma
  • Weakened immune system
  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
To make matters worse, high-stress levels also make people look for ways to reduce stress. A lot of them use drugs to relieve their symptoms. However, drugs only have a temporary effect and lead to addiction with ongoing use. This use of drugs also explains why high stress is a trigger for relapse. To avoid relapse, people have to learn how to manage their stress levels in healthy ways.

Healthy Methods to Manage Stress

Stress management comes in numerous forms. The key is for people to find methods that work for them. Learning how to manage stress properly typically starts in detox and carries over into rehab. The first thing that they learn is how to identify the causes of their stress correctly. People often feel stressed out but don't know the cause. When this happens, they have to brainstorm until they uncover the source. Maybe their stress stems from trouble with money, relationships or significant life changes. No matter the cause, identifying it is important because they can't do anything to stop it until then. Breathing techniques are also an essential part of managing stress. Sometimes people can calm themselves if they merely control their breathing. Some good ways for them to learn are to do yoga therapy and meditation therapy. Another stress management technique is to exercise regularly. Exercise is excellent for the body in general. However, it also promotes the release of dopamine, a hormone that the brain releases to make people feel better. Getting into a regular workout routine is the ideal way to keep stress at bay. It's also a good idea for people to keep a journal. Those who struggle with negative emotions find it hard to talk about them. Keeping a journal is a great way to share these negative emotions in a safe space. Writing their thoughts and feelings down also gives people a chance to address them.

Spring Gardens Can Help You Manage Stress Levels and Detox Safely

At Spring Gardens, we focus on helping you detox safely. To us, this includes teaching you how to manage stress. As part of our addiction therapies, we offer treatment options such as: Spring Gardens takes your privacy very seriously. Our facility sits on a large, 4.5-acre plot of land. This location ensures that you enjoy complete privacy while you complete your detox program. At our treatment center, we have lounges, patio areas, professional chefs and private TVs too. Don't let uncontrolled stress cause you to relapse. Learn more about stress management techniques at Spring Gardens. Call 866-244-9556 for more information about our detox services today.