This is as true for those of us dealing with mental health, or abuse recovery as well. The healing process gets completely disrupted when we are n’t dealing with stress.
“Life throws us many uncontrollable stressful situations. Social conflicts, finances, finding a new job, and worrying about health can be a fork in the road to recovery. The more you stress, the more likely you will place your stress back to the addiction you were trying to get away from as a means to an escape. Stress can touch every major system in our body. Our bodies release hormones made to allow us to react to danger. When threatened, veins tighten to send more blood to major muscles so we can either flee or defend ourselves. The best way to cope with stress to help your recovery is to listen to your body and be aware of stress symptoms.”
For me, it was pretty much step one toward healing, because you can’t really heal when too much stress causes fugue states. You have to learn to deal with stress better than that before you can do much of anything related to therapy and healing work.
How do you deal with stress?