Indiana University South Nursing Students Teach Stress Coping Skills
Living under the burden of addiction is arduous; conversely, learning to live without drugs and alcohol is no easy matter. Our recovery program is nothing less than demanding, but the rewards are well worth the efforts. Even so, our clients begin their days early and between classes and chores and, for many, a touch of homesickness and learning to live with a group of strangers, compounds the demands of sober living. Recently, Whitney Taylor and Logan Mattingly, both Indiana University South students and employees of Jewish Hospital, led a class called Stress Reduction and Mindfulness for the benefit of the men in our Sober Living Program. Our visiting IUS students demonstrated how thought, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques can ease the tensions common to their daily routines. By learning to manage stress, their chances of learning to live without drugs and alcohol are greatly enhanced. Thanks to Whitney and Logan, our men now have a new tool to help them navigate the complexities of life. And, for the record, the students well represented Indiana University South. We are grateful for their excellent efforts.