The definition of the word relax is to make or become less tense or anxious. We know from research that stress triggers relapses so relaxation is essential to the recovery process. How do you relax? First you have to learn to say no. You only have so much time in each day. Is your schedule is so overwhelming that you’re exhausted at the end of each day? Then it’s time to say no to certain things in your life and take back control. It’s the only way to avoid relapse. Saying no is your number one health improvement weapon. Once you’ve simplified that schedule take time to go for a walk, get out in nature, adopt a pet, or just meditate. If you find time to reward yourself in these ways it will significantly help your recovery effort. Stay Strong and Say No!