2016-06-07 unsplash photo-1457040931721-53ca161dab33We are starting a new tradition here on the New Thought Sobriety blog. The first Tuesday of each month, we will publish a post in the form of a LIST (after all, who doesn’t love a list?).

Each list post will feature things that are helpful, informative, educational, or inspiring! For example, “Top 10 Books on Recovery and Spirituality” or “Five Ways to Move Through the Holidays Peacefully.”

Enjoy our first one below, and let us know how you like it!


10 Sober Stress Relievers That Work Better Than Taking a Drink


1. Get a glass of sparkling ice water or club soda or Pellegrino (or diet coke if you must).


2. Walk outside and take a short stroll around the block, yard, or complex.


3. Take 20 deep breaths – fully inhaling and exhaling each and every time.


4. Make a short mental list of 5 things for which you are grateful.


5. Call a trusted someone – to share what’s happening OR even to just chat about something pleasant and uplifting.


6. Put on a favorite song and dance around.


7. Do some yoga stretches or just stand up straight, arms overhead and stretch… and breathe.


8. Think of something funny and generate a laugh or at least smile.


9. Open up the Big Book, or the Science of Mind textbook, or any one of a zillion books that have inspiring thoughts, reminders, and quotes and read a page or a paragraph.


10. High five yourself for knowing that you have a choice in the moment and even though you are having a Restless, Irritable, or Discontent moment, you can make it through.



• What are some the the ways you effectively deal with stress?

• Do you have a “go to” stress reliever that works every time?


In gratitude, harmony and support,


10 Sober Stress Relievers That Work Better Than Taking a Drink

6 thoughts on “10 Sober Stress Relievers That Work Better Than Taking a Drink

  • June 7, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I love this format! I took a screenshot and plan to use it as a quick guide when needed. Looking forward to more lists – this is a great tool. Thanks so much!

  • June 7, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Beautiful list my friend. All are wonderful tools and healthy alternatives for the challenge at hand. I would love to share the greatest tool that has served me time and time again….. Sitting quietly. Known as many things this practice has allowed me to become free of the many earthy desires found in my experience. Meditation is the key to open the heart. It unlocks the door to the mind allowing one to realize ones true self. Your light is shinning brightly my friend. Thank you for your service🙏

    I only promote something if it calls to a certain space within me. What you have created does excactly that. 💯 support this🙏

    • June 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Good idea Dave! I will do a list of the gifts of meditation and mindfulness… I’ll have to watch out as that could be a very long list. Thank you Dave…

      • June 8, 2016 at 3:44 pm

        That it can be😉
        Your doing amazing work. Thank you🙏

  • June 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Pausing to remind myself to take action is critical for me before I get all crazy in my own mind. This is a great list, Lena, thank you!

    #11. Enjoy some dark chocolate. ♡

    • June 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks Carri – how did I leave that one off?!


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