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These Tips May Help You Relieve Anxiety Without Meds

These Tips May Help You Relieve Anxiety Without Meds

It may be hard to imagine finding peace without drugs or alcohol. It may be difficult to face each day if you also struggle with anxiety. Medication can be very helpful in coping but sometimes it feels good to explore medication-free options that may help you cope with that rising anxiety.

Anxiety Addicts

The trouble with society now is there is so much to feel anxious and stressed about on any given day. Our uber-connected world can find information out at the drop of a hat: everything from mass shootings to terrorist acts or plots and local news can clamor in our heads making us feel anxious. Our own heads feel like a battlefield that is full of difficult emotions and challenges to overcome on its own, never mind the outside world trying to invade our consciousness. If you have an addictive personality, it can be difficult to cope without medication but it may make it worse. Trading painkiller dependency for anxiety  medication can lead to misuse. It is hard to medicate anxiety without falling into some of the other trap of cross-addiction.

Tune Out

If you are looking for ways to tune that anxiety out, try these for starters. Be sure to talk to a treating physician prior to doing anything that includes stopping or changing your medication.

Talk About It

Many people don’t like therapy but there are effective ways of dealing with anxiety. This type of therapy confronts self-talk and helps you realize when you have negative thoughts, feelings, or desire to relapse. It helps you self-soothe rather than spiral down.

Work It

Daily anxiety can be combated with movement. Exercise relieves stress and helps keep you physically health. Studies have been down to show mental fitness goes up with being in nature. Exercising outside or playing a sport doubles down on that anxiety to kick it to the curb.

Feel It

The option you may like least is to physically feel what you need to feel in the moment. If you treat yourself to a massage, this reduces stress and cortisol. A massage can decrease activity in your ‘fight or flight’ nervous system which is overly active with anxiety.

Breathe It

When you need to do something, breathe. Stop and take a moment to breathe in and out for that second you feel anxious. It can immediately lower cortisol levels, lower blood pressure, and activate your resting nervous system. Taking deep breaths can help you manage your anxiety with or without pills.

If you are struggling with anxiety and addiction, there is help available at Serenity. We have trained therapists and resources available to connect with you where you are at. We will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401