You Don’t Need to Wait for Holidays to Release Stress
Victoria day weekend is this month in Canada and, for many, it is the sound off for a season of outdoor fun. Camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming… you name it. It is a beacon for the start of summer relaxation for everyone, not just the outdoorsy type.
In honour of the long weekend and the upcoming season popular for vacations and relaxation, today’s blog discusses the role of stress in life, especially among those in active addiction or recovery.
While many people focus on these weekends and holidays as opportunities to relax (which is great!), it’s also a great time to talk about long-term ways to deal with stress. Want to become forever resilient to stressors in life? It’s all about changing your perspective.
A lot of people, especially those in addiction recovery, go through life thinking that as long as they don’t get stress, they’ll be okay. While as great as this plan sounds (with probably some truth to it!), it’s not realistic and does not reflect the complexity of being human. We will always be stressed in some way or another; minimally or severely. Sometimes it’s even a good thing!
Have Yourself a Great Day if You so Choose
So if stress is inevitable, how do we go through life without being constantly overstressed? SCHC Program Director, Geoff Thompson, talks about how you make sense of your stressors will dictate how you respond to them (positively and negatively).
Another element of stress management relates to the bigger picture of our lives. In this next video, Geoff discusses Tragic Optimism, an important feature of living meaningfully that allows us to get through both daily and monumental adversities. This can also be a helpful tool for dealing with stress. Knowing that stressors are a part of growth in life may give you a more motivating and resilient perspective on the daily struggles that we inevitably face.
At the end of the day, taking some much needed rest and respite this May Long Weekend (and on other holidays) is helpful for recharging ourselves in this busy, modern era. We all deserve those moments to simply enjoy ourselves without having to worrying about anything. Still, we hope this has been a good reminder for developing these intrinsic self-care habits so you can handle stressors as they happen rather than drowning in them until the next holiday arrives.