Drug Free Ways to Deal with Stress

There is a significant portion of the population that is suffering from stress and if left untreated, it could lead to a host of health problems. While the majority of people rely on prescription medication to treat the symptoms associated with stress, they do not deal with the actual root cause of it.  One effective and drug free way to deal with stress is by going for regular massage therapy but this is not the only way to deal with stress and the symptoms associated with the condition.

Why Drugs Don’t Work

The drugs that are prescribed are intended to treat the symptom associated with stress. If you have high blood pressure due to stress and the doctor prescribes medication to treat your high blood pressure, it will not deal with the root cause of your problem so you will be required to take these medications which could pose additional risks to your health and wallet. The longer a person is in a state of unmanaged stress, the more damage they could be doing to his/her health over the long term.

Taking Ownership of Your Stress

One of the biggest misconceptions that people have is the notion of leading a stress free life. There is no such thing as a life without stress. The fundamental question that people have to address is not how to have a stress free life but how to manage the stress that life throws your way. One way is realizing you can’t solve all the world’s problems. There are people suffering from crippling forms of anxiety because they feel overwhelmed by life and the challenges they are facing. These same individuals are being loaded up with prescription medications that treat the symptoms associated with anxiety but not the root cause which is stress management. An argument why people aren’t taught stress management is there is no money in it while pharmaceuticals are a billion dollar industry but that is a discussion for another time.

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Start by establishing two lists of problems you can fix versus problems beyond your control. You can’t control the effects of climate change but you can make green choices. By being able to segregate your stresses into buckets of things you can control and what you cannot, it will go a long ways into helping you reducing the negative effects too much stress can cause.

Developing a Healthy Routine

Along with having strategies to deal with your stress you also need to take proactive measures like eating healthy and going for regular massage therapy to reduce the amount of tension your body has inside. By going for regular massages with a registered massage therapist, your body will function better with improved circulation.

Now that you are aware of how important stress management is, you need to start making some healthier changes to your lifestyle if you want to avoid the health problems that are linked to excess stress. The sooner you nip these problems in the bud, the healthier you are going to feel.