Addiction A-Z

Stress coping mechanisms

Stress-coping mechanisms are behaviors and thoughts people employ consciously or unconsciously to calm themselves when they feel upset, angry, overworked or overwhelmed by tension. Healthy stress-coping mechanisms include playing or watching sports, hobbies, talking things over with friends, or any activity you find relaxing, such as yoga or watching television. Unhealthy stress-coping mechanisms include overeating or substance abuse. People who undergo rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse have to learn new stress-coping strategies to achieve recovery.

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