Stress is a natural human reaction to situations that life throws at us when we’re not expecting it. It can cause physical as well as psychological problems and can escalate to severe anxiety attacks if those problems are not met head on.

One of the first treatments recommended for those with severe stress problems is some type of medication to help alleviate the symptoms they’re experiencing. The medications don’t work for everyone and it’s not an easily embraced idea for others who don’t care for the side effects those medications cause.

5 Ways to Beat Stress Without Medications

 Those who don’t want to go the medication route will be happy to know there are other ways to beat stress that don’t involve the act of popping pills every day. There are several different options to choose from to lessen the negative consequences stress can bring.

Taking a long walk to clear your head is one of the best ways to alleviate stress. Walking is an excellent form of exercise for your body as well as your mind. You can walk out your frustration so that you’ll be able to come back refreshed and tackle your problems again.

Give your mind a break with soft, relaxing music. Our brains take in lots of information from the things that we read, hear and see every second of every day. Your brain is an amazing organ, but it’s not immune to overloads.

The overload can cause stress to escalate and bring on a number of problems for us, so give it a break. Listening to relaxing music will ease the racing thoughts and help us to think clearly when we return to our problems.

Find a hobby to do and be sure to make time for it at least once a week. Everyone needs to get out of the mindset of having to deal with problems and decisions within our lives. By giving yourself something else to focus on, you can gain a sense of accomplishment in an area of your life where your job and financial situation may not be up to par.

You could start a craft project, go golfing or find something else you know you’ll enjoy doing.  Another option you could try is to treat yourself to a massage. Stress can cause your muscles to tighten and ache, making your stress worse. A massage can loosen up those muscles, which will loosen up your mind and you can then be ready to face your life again refreshed and renewed.

Don’t be afraid to let your emotions surface. If you’re so stressed that you want to cry, then let those tears flow. Built up stress has to come out somehow, so it’s a lot safer to let it out through tears than to wait until it explodes into uncontrollable anger.

If anger is your first reaction to the stress, let it come out in a controlled situation like a punching bag.  Control your stress before it starts to take control of you. Medications are one answer to alleviating the stress, but they’re not the only answer. Find what works best for you and beat that stress in your life.

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