Jobs that are hard to do are the norm these days. They can be fun, but they can also be very stressful.

People who work with the public, like police, health or social workers, teachers, or anyone else, might agree.

Stress at work can make people become addicted because they learn to deal with stress in bad ways. In this article, we'll talk about different ways to deal with addiction.

Coping With Stress and Coping Strategies for Addiction

Like many other changes, this one has been hard. You've seen people's blood, sweat, tears, and even worse all day. There has been anger and hopelessness, fear and sadness, and constant pressure to get things done. Now you really need to unwind before it all starts up again tomorrow, but how? Here are three options you might want to think about:

  • Have a few pints on the way home because the football game will be on TV and you can bet on it.
  • Go home, turn on the TV, ignore your wife or husband, and drink a bottle of something strong to drown out the pain.
  • Walk home to get some light exercise, talk to your partner about your day (and theirs), share a meal, and go to bed early. If you wake up feeling very anxious, you should see a doctor.

Some people may think that the first choice is the most obvious because it will probably give them quick relief. However, it can also be dangerous because it's easy to get into habits that later turn into compulsions. The second choice isn't good either. Isolating yourself and not talking won't help you or your partner, and it won't help you either. This kind of heavy drinking will almost certainly cause serious physical and mental problems in a short amount of time. The third choice is your best bet for long-term peace of mind.

Self-Care Not Self-Medication

Many people with stressful jobs have to make these kinds of decisions all the time. Stress can be caused by being exposed to traumatic events, having a lot of anxiety, or having a lot of work to do. This can cause PTSD in some people who don't know they have it (post-traumatic stress disorder). Stress affects and is handled by each person in a different way. How we respond is very important to our health, but self-medication, especially with alcohol, is not the answer.

Proper Self-Care Is Essential

Self-care is important, and we need ways to deal with problems, but we have to do them right. Not everyone realises that some strategies are good for you and others are so bad that they hurt you. If you ignore, avoid, or bury the emotional fallout from work, it can cause problems in the future. On the other hand, learning healthy ways to deal with stress can be very effective at bringing back emotional balance. Here are some suggestions:

Exercise: is good for you because it makes you feel good, speeds up your metabolism, and sends chemicals to your brain that make you feel good.

Sleep: plan to have eight hours of sleep per night. Don't stay up too late, and make sure you have a good place to sleep. Just having a room that is dark, well-ventilated, and quiet can make a big difference in how well you sleep.

Diet: Eat at the same times every day and don't eat too much. Make sure that you don't have too much junk food. Too much sugar, starch, or fat in your food can change your mood and make it hard to sleep.

Communicate: Simple interactions with other people, where you can talk and share thoughts, worries, and laughter, are very helpful. On the other hand, being alone can make you feel anxious and sad.

Outside interests: Doing something you enjoy that has nothing to do with your job can take your mind off your worries and give you a real boost.

Meditation: It's well known and completely true that meditating or praying every day is good for you. Before you can feel the benefits of meditation, you need to plan it and make it a habit. If you do this every day for ten minutes before breakfast, it can be very helpful.

Counseling: Don't be afraid to talk to a counsellor often. Self-care is something that a lot of mentally healthy people do. You don't have to wait until you feel like you have a problem to talk to a counsellor.

At Abhasa Luxury Rehabilitation Centre, we see a lot of people who think self-care means self- medication with things like alcohol, sleeping pills, or gambling. Such ways of coping might help for a short time, but the relief often turns into an escape, which then turns into dependence. This is how the cycle of addiction starts.

Inappropriate Responses to Stress Can Lead to Addiction

A short-term relief from stress can come from a habit like going to the pub or making a bet once in a while. The danger is that this kind of behaviour can slowly turn into a regular routine, where the number of visits and the number of drugs used keep going up until it becomes an obsession and a dependence. Suddenly, a way to deal with problems has turned into a full-blown addiction.

Connectivity is Vital

Healthcare workers are becoming more and more aware that human connection is the best way to treat addiction. Isolation, loneliness, and hopelessness are often the results of long-term drug use, but they are often also a cause. People think that the best way to stay sober for a long time and be happy is to communicate and interact with others through new activities and interests and get ongoing support, like what AA offers.

Prepared by: Mr. Denny Prasad, Psychologist
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