It’s important to find addiction resources to manage stress in the early days of recovery. These resources can help you to maintain your sobriety throughout your journey. In addition, we can provide addiction recovery guides for Texas residents, which can be invaluable for preventing a return to use. To learn more about our behavioral health resources in Texas, please contact Vertava Health Texas today by calling 844.311.8395 or using our convenient online form.
Addiction Resources for Managing Stress
As our society faces a pandemic and the economic impacts that come with it, taking care of your mental health is more important than ever. One great way to care for yourself and manage stress is to take a load off, get outside, and relax. Therefore, as part of our addiction resources for behavioral health, here are ten great ideas to manage stress and relax around Dallas-Fort Worth.
1. Disc Golf
Disc golf is an excellent low-intensity way to get outdoors. Play solo or with a small group of friends, and you’ll feel the stress melt away.
Harry Myers Disc Golf Course is a local favorite, and the Audubon Disc Golf Course and the Greenbelt Disc Golf Course are also worth checking out.
If none of those are near you, here’s a list of quite a few disc golf courses in the DFW metro.
2. Hammock by the Lake
There’s just about nothing more relaxing than taking a nap in a hammock by the water. While the ocean is far, far away from here, you can still set up camp lakeside at any number of lakes in the area.
Take a good book or two as well: maybe one fiction and one that will help you learn something new (self-improvement is another great mental health tool).
3. Breathe Deep While Exploring A Nature Trail
Getting out into nature can be beneficial for the mind and soul. One of the great things about living in Dallas-Fort Worth is that you don’t even have to leave the metro to find a peaceful natural escape.
Cedar Ridge Preserve is a highly rated 600-acre preserve that lets you explore natural Texas hill country across nine miles of hiking trails. Oak Cliff Nature Preserve offers wildflower meadows and hike/bike trails if that’s more your speed.
4. Fly A Kite
Most of us haven’t flown a kite since we were kids, but we have to wonder, why did we stop? Flying a kite can be a tremendously relaxing experience, one that takes just the right amount of effort and finesse but leads to a satisfying conclusion. Just about any public park with some green space will work. Pick up a kite at a local shop, or buy one on Amazon.
5. Explore A Farmers Market Or Two
The DFW metro has a ton of great farmer’s markets. Explore one or two this weekend and enjoy a mental and physical escape. Many vendors offer free samples, and you can mix things up by trying out something you’ve never eaten or cooked with before.
Another great way to clear your mind and shed some stress is to get some moderate physical exercise. That’s easy if you’re young and fit, but what about the rest of us?
Pickleball is a great low to moderate intensity alternative to tennis. It’s played on a smaller court and requires less extreme agility. If you’ve never tried it, call up a friend and head to a court this weekend. Learn more about this newish sport and find out about local courses here.
7. River Tubing
River tubing may remind you of lazy summers from years ago, but it’s just as fun and relaxing now as it was then. There are several great places to go tubing in our metro, including the Trinity River. In late summer, head out on Saturdays for Rockin’ the River and enjoy some great live music while you tube down the river. If you’re willing to drive a little way out of town, the Brazos River is another great tubing river for a gentle, relaxing tubing excursion.
8. Go Birding
Birdwatching isn’t for everyone, but it’s incredibly peaceful, and just the sort of thing many people dealing with nagging stress could use right now.
The parks mentioned above and below are generally good spots for birding. Additional great locations for birding and learning about birding include the Trinity River Audubon Center and the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.
9. Dinosaur Hunting At Dinosaur Valley State Park
Not your typical state park experience, Dinosaur Valley State Park lets you explore where the dinosaurs used to roam. In the dry bed of the Paluxy River, you’ll see authentic dinosaur footprints. You can walk up and down the ancient sauropod trackways.
You can also camp, hike, bike, swim, or enjoy a picnic while you’re here.
10. Fishing Or Boating At Purtis Creek State Park
Last, on the opposite side of the metro from Dinosaur Valley, you can enjoy endless fishing and boating at Purtis Creek State Park. You’ll find a 355-acre lake famous for its bass fishing. If fishing isn’t your style, then swimming, canoeing, and camping are also great options here.
These ten activities are great ways to relax and relieve stress that can help you focus on your mental health. But sometimes, self-care isn’t enough. If you find yourself needing help restoring your mental health, Vertava Health Texas is here for you.
Seek Mental Health Treatment at Vertava Health Texas Today
At Vertava Health Texas, we are committed to helping each of our clients find recovery from their mental health issues and addictions. Our team offers a range of services for our clients, including:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Wellness program
- Family therapy
- Wilderness and adventure therapy
With the help of our treatment programs, many of our clients receive mental health and addiction resources, giving our clients the tools that they need to manage their needs. They’ll also gain tools to manage their stress levels in the future. To learn more about our behavioral health resources in Texas, please contact Vertava Health today at 844.311.8395.