Essential Steps for Your Stress Management Plan

Stress is a natural part of life. You may not be able to avoid it, but you can choose how you respond to it. A little bit of stress can be motivating, but too much can take a toll on your well-being and potentially derail your recovery. Putting a stress management plan in place can help you deal with stress more proactively and stay on track with your recovery. Here are a few steps to consider as you’re planning:

  • Stay active. Make time each day to hit the gym, take a walk, go for a bike ride, or engage in some other form of exercise to alleviate stress and tension while boosting your mood.
  • Adjust your perspective – is it worth being stressed out over? Is it something you can change? How can you look at the bright side or the bigger picture?
  • Know your triggers so that you can plan around these situations. Recognize when you feel stress starting to build so that you can make healthy changes.
  • Break down large tasks into smaller parts so they are not so overwhelming. Set realistic goals for meeting deadlines and learn to delegate.
  • Practice self-care by ensuring that you are eating a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep each night.
  • Unwind each day through meditation, yoga, deep breathing, reading, writing or another activity you find relaxing and calming. Take time for yourself.


Northbound engages clients in therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodrama and motivational interviewing so that you can delve more deeply into understanding issues surrounding addiction and learn how to work through them in a positive way. Clients also participate in a variety of holistic and recreational activities to promote healing and stress relief. Change takes time, but by engaging in healthier, more constructive thought patterns, you can reduce the impact of stress on your life and recovery.

Everyone deals with stress differently. Let us know what strategies you’ve found helpful for managing stress and call today to find out how Northbound can support you in recovery.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.

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