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  • 1. Stress in RecoveryNovember 28, 2012| Last Updated on Friday, 17 May, 2013 16:02As a person in recovery, I can say that the majority of us do not handle stress well. We tend to havelow tolerance thresholds for stress and tension. Our first reaction is to avoid the situation causing thestress. That can mean either quitting, getting high, or calling in sick. It can make me respond in ways Inormally wouldn’t. It can make me worry about the thoughts my co-workers have about me. I knowstress isn’t going away. I know that I am going to have to develop more effective methods for copingwith it and this is a good time a place for me to do so.Environment for MeditatingOne good way to deal with stress is through meditation. There are many meditations freely available onthe Internet. There are guided imagery meditations on YouTube, which can be particularly useful.Meditation can be as simple as closing your eyes and putting on some soft music and just letting yourbody and mind relax. Many people meditate without even realizing it. When you relax and just let yourmind be, not attaching to any thoughts, that’s a form of meditation.In the OfficeIt can be difficult to meditate depending on your environment. An office may not be the best place tomeditate depending when you are there. When your co-workers go to lunch is a good time, or if youhave head phones, those can be used to block intrusive sounds. You don’t have to sit any particular wayto meditate, but different poses can be useful for different things.At HomeMeditation can be done lying in bed as easily it can be done in the “Lotus Position”. I found that thisindeed helps, when I think about my past, present or future. My addictive past, my unsettle future inrecovery, and my non-addictive and trauma free future. I need to meditate at least once a week, if noteveryday, to calm my nervous mind. Meditation can and will clear the past, motivate the present, andenhance the future. I can today say, “I am overcoming my addictive principles, with hopes of creatingnew, healthier ones.”