7 Ways To Relax Without Drugs and Alcohol

During your stay in drug treatment, you are taught crucial life and coping skills that are necessary for you to keep your sobriety front and center once you leave treatment. Keeping your recovery first while meeting your daily obligations is important because there are many stressors in the environment that can weaken your recovery resolve. Since you no longer can turn to drugs and alcohol to minimize stress, you need to turn to the life skills you learned in treatment to find healthier ways to cope with daily stress. The following are 7 ways you can relax without the use of drugs and alcohol.

1. Yoga

women doing yoga out doors

Yoga is a powerful relaxation technique that dates back almost 10,000 years. It is a collection of spiritually-based techniques which help integrate the mind, body and soul as one. In order to achieve this goal, yoga combines deep breathing, movements and imagery to completely relax your body and more importantly your mind.There are many different types of yoga that you can explore including Hatha yoga, hot yoga, Yinyasa yoga and Bikram yoga to name of few. Check your local gym or yoga center, or research yoga-centered sites online and find what type of yoga practice can be of most benefit to you.

2. Meditation


Along with yoga, meditation is another ancient relaxation practice. Simply defined, meditation is the practice of focusing your attention to help you feel calm and give you a clear awareness about your life and environment. Also like yoga, there are different meditative practices that you can choose from. Meditation is a common life skill taught during treatment because the techniques are relatively easy to master and you can do meditation anywhere and at any time. All you need is 10-15 minutes daily and a quiet space.

3. Learn to Laugh

older couple laughing

It is often said that laughter is the best medicine. While it may seem corny and cliche, it is true. Laughter eases stress and helps us feel better about ourselves and brings us into the present. Yes, there are times in which events in our lives may be serious, but we need to find ways in which we don’t take ourselves seriously. Go to a local comedy club, watch comedy programs on television or buy a joke book. Better yet, find some humor in your life and learn to laugh at yourself.

4. Volunteer

volunteer work

Are you looking for ways to get out of yourself and de-stress? Volunteering is another great way to divert your stress and channel it in a healthy way. When you are able to look outside yourself and your own problems and give of yourself, your generosity will give you a sense of inner peace. When you see how much your volunteer work is appreciated, it will fill you with  good feelings.

5. Got Magnesium?


Did you realize that an important mineral that is abundant in your body can help you relax? Often called “nature’s chill pill”, Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, a necessary cofactor for hundreds of enzymes, and the most critical mineral of all for coping with stress. It is estimated that less than a third of all Americans take in the required daily amount of magnesium and deficiencies can lead to tiredness, weakness and depression. You can replenish your body of this important mineral by eating bananas, blackberries, nuts, kidney beans and green beans.

6. Read More

women reading a book

As a child, do you remember getting lost when reading a good book? Books can easily transport you to another place and time. Check out your local bookstore or check out the great deals on Amazon, FreeReader or other websites. If you aren’t much of a book reader, finding magazines that feature hobbies or pastimes you are passionate about will also work. Reading time can be seen as your quiet time; set aside a little time of your day to go to your room or other quiet place and read.

7. Be One with Nature

women outdoors enjoying fresh hair

Make time in your day to go for a hike or walk and commune with nature. Not only are you getting great exercise (which is another great way to beat stress), you can take time to notice how grand nature is. Notice the foliage and the colors of nature and wonder in the sounds of birds and animals calling and communicating with each other.

Life Skills are Critical to Your Recovery

Being able to put life skills to use in your daily life is not only in being a responsible person; it is also important in keeping your focus on your recovery. When you undergo drug treatment at Dream Center for Recovery, you will learn and put into practice those important life skills, and it will make your transition back into your normal life much easier and less stressful. Reclaim your life and call Dream Center for Recovery today.