Natural happy pills, everyday stress relief techniques for you.

No prescription needed for everyday stress relief techniques!

It is all too easy to call the doctor and get some happy pills. You know, better living thru chemistry; that feeling of happiness or cheerfulness. But what happens when we run out, or can no longer get our chemical fix? I had to get a prescription for some happy pills and I noticed that I was much better. For a while. My problems were not getting resolved; in fact, they were just getting worse. No problem, I’ll get a stronger dosage.

By the time I was taking 5 times my original dosage, I understood that my happy pills were not solving anything and that I needed to work on myself. Back to the basics. Ipills, everyday stress relief techniques for you.

slowly took myself off the pills (with my doctor’s approval) and resumed using stress relief techniques. My problems did not go away. In fact, with a clear head I realized just how deep a hole I had dug for myself.

Give these techniques a try and see if any can provide stress relief for you. It will not happen overnight and you may have to use more than just one tip. Practice the ones that help. I use a mix of these and more each and every day. No magic happy pill, just everyday stress relief techniques.

Relief Techniques

Exercise helps boost the body’s ability to handle stress and physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people. Norepinephrine (a chemical released by the brain) is thought to play a major role in modulating the action of other neurotransmitters that play a role in the stress response. Exercise thwarts depression and anxiety by enhancing the body’s ability to respond to stress. Exercise programs can be from simply walking to the more hardcore aerobics, from weight training to tone the body to bulking up like the Hulk. Consult your doctor before beginning any physical program.Pay attention to your surroundings. We all get caught up in what is just around us. Take a couple of minutes and just look around, even if it is the same things you see each day, every day. This time, take the opportunity to really look. The placement, the shapes, the way the light reflects. Engage your mind with thoughts and observations.

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Take a break from social media. It seems as if whenever I have a few minutes to spare, I get on one social network or the other. Most of the social media that I use do not seem very social anymore. In fact, they are on an anti-social trend. I have been leaving my smart phone behind when I go outside to smoke and even that small gesture has helped me to de-stress.

Reflect on who is important in your life. The past and present make up who we are today. The future represents who we may become. Look at the ones in your life (past) who have made a difference. Remember what they taught you, what you learned not to do. Consider the people in your life today. Who are the ones that give freely and who are the ones you are willing to give freely to?

Forgive someone. Unforgiving thoughts bring negative thoughts and emotions, and higher heart rates, and blood pressure. Forgiving thoughts provide greater control and lower stress levels. The most difficult person to forgive is sometimes our self. If you have done wrong; make it right. Apologize and allow yourself to move on.

Distance yourself from stressful people in your life. We all have people in our life that create stress either by what they do to us or just by sharing their own drama. If it is not possible to eliminate them from your life, develop a strategy to limit their impact on you. A simple thought of “That’s them, not me.” may help.

Repeat a positive affirmation (or a mantra). Positive affirmations are short, simple, and positive. Some examples are: ” I can. I will. End of story.” ” I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.” ” I am enough.” Your mantra should be your own, something that resonates with you and helps you reconnect with yourself, even if it’s something as silly as “Unicorns are famous but they can’t fly.”

Read a book for six minutes. Mindlab International carried out research on a group of volunteers at the University of Sussex. Stress levels and heart rates were increased Reading is a Natural happy pill, everyday stress relief techniques for you.

through a range of tests and exercises before they were then tested with a variety of traditional methods of relaxation. Reading worked best, reducing stress levels by 68 per cent. Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles.

Music reduced stress levels by 61 per cent, according to the same study. So sing, play an instrument, listen to relaxing music. Soothe the savage beast. For some suggestions, check out my Music tab on the Menu.

Peel an orange. Orange is the new lavender. The smell of citrus can help reduce stress. A study in Brazil had participants spend five minutes inhaling sweet orange essential oil, tea tree oil, or plain water. A stressful test was given while having their vital signs measured. Those who were given the orange oil were less anxious throughout the test, and the effects lingered after the exam. Citrus aromas are often useful in curbing stress and anxiety, as well as helping with digestion and nausea.

chocolate! Natural happy pills, everyday stress relief techniques for you.

Chocolate relaxation technique. Choose a chocolate that you’ve never tried before or one that you have not eaten recently. Open the packet and inhale the aroma. Break off a piece and look at it, really allow your eyes to take in what it looks like. Put it in your mouth. Hold it on your tongue and let it melt. Savor each of the over 300 different flavors. After the chocolate has melted, swallow very slowly and deliberately. Repeat until you give into temptation.

In Closing…

Sometimes happy pills are necessary. Sometimes all we really need are everyday stress relief techniques, ones we practice and make a part of our routine. Use my mix and match approach and find the ones that help you. For more relaxation tips, check out How to have inner Peace and Happiness

There are hundreds, thousands of tips on how to relax and de-stress. One tip will not take away stress, each trigger may need a different strategy. Make a routine of techniques and take daily, in the prescribed dosage or as needed.

Have you tried any of these techniques? Do you have a technique that you think of as your “Go to” when feeling stressed out?

I think I will go and relax…with chocolate. Care to give it a try?

Walking the Path of Peace,

Sanders

sanders@relaxationandmeditationmusic.com

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One thought on “Natural happy pills, everyday stress relief techniques for you.

  1. HemanB

    July 14, 2018 at 3:38am

    Stress is something that is very bad as it can destroy our life . Thanks for sharing the stress relief techniques. Great article

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 4:04am

      Herman, Stress can be a killer. Exercise followed by meditation seems to be in the top ways to reduce stress but sometimes we don’t have the time during our workday. Hope the tips help to reduce stress.
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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  2. laurie d taylor

    July 14, 2018 at 4:15am

    Great advice! I am going to try your techniques. Thank you for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Laurie:)

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 4:35am

      Laurie, Thank you and have fun with the techniques!
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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  3. Mariette Chapman

    July 14, 2018 at 4:17am

    Great information! Wonderful advice for relaxing, which is so difficult for most people nowadays!
    Regards,
    Mariette

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 4:38am

      Mariette, Thanks. Our days and nights are filled with stress and we never have time to relax. Hopefully, we learn to slowdown and enjoy life again.
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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  4. Jill

    July 14, 2018 at 4:57am

    Hi Sanders,
    Thank you for this post on Natural happy pills. I immediately went to my wardrobe and pulled out the bag containing my exercise bands. They have been lurking in there since I moved out of the house and into my flat two years ago.
    About time I took them out and put them to good use, getting rid of stress.
    Walking is very calming too and I loved all the other tips.
    Am hoping to be off my happy pills very soon.

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 6:16am

      Hello Jill, Sometimes I hear my daughter using bands, I think she is trying to break them but she is nice and calm afterwards. Walking is my favorite form of exercise and I try to get in at least an hour a day. No rushing, the walk is just for me. Glad to be able to help, but get the doctor’s ok before stopping any happy pills. Sometimes stopping cold has side affects.
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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  5. Tracy

    July 14, 2018 at 6:10am

    Great webpage, Sanders. You have a friendly conversational delivery that in itself is very calming. Mindfulness fits well into the Stress Relief category. There are easy Mindfulness exercises that can fit well into anyone’s day. It is not the length of time you spend on it, it is rather the quality of the time you meditate. Being in the moment is a great anchor in the frenzied day.
    I want to second you on the mind vs pills debate. See your doctor. Sometimes the combination of pills and counselling hastens recovery rather I treatment on its own Thanks, Sanders.

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 6:37am

      Hi Tracy, thanks! I practiced a form of Mindfulness for years before I heard of it. When I did, it was a big lightbulb moment and I have been a big fan ever since. You are correct in that it is the quality of the meditation that matters. Sometimes the happy pills and therapy (usually including one form or another of meditation) can hasten recovery.
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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  6. Nathan

    July 14, 2018 at 6:17am

    This article is just right on time. I really needed this right now. What I usually do when I feel stressed is just go out and run. That way I can think and decide on what to do next regarding the matter that’s stressing me. Thank you for sharing these tips.

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 6:59pm

      Hi Nathan, Glad I could help you out a bit. Running is fantastic. When I was younger, I tried to run each day (sometimes that was hard to work in); now that I am older I walk. I have found that when I am really stressed out, I walk faster than normal and I know I am getting back to center when my pace slows down.
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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  7. Jukka

    July 14, 2018 at 7:18am

    As a long time anxiety and depression sufferer I agree that sometimes “happy pills” are necessary to get you through tough times but the real change comes from within. Exercise, especially low intensity steady state cardio like walking is great for anxiety. Just take your time, look at nature and let your thoughts wonder. I also agree with the social media being a major cause of anxiety these days. People suffering from depression usually compare themselves and their lives to others. People show only the good parts in social media and comparing yourself to those polished pictures when your down is very counterproductive. On the other hand socializing with real people is great for anxiety and depression, it usually gives you something else to thing about than just your own mind. Thanks for the post Sanders.

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 6:55pm

      Jukka, Thanks for your comments and you are right. I am a big fan of walking, with or without music. Sometimes the natural sounds are much more soothing and don’t distract from the thought process. You make a great point about social media. All too often all that is posted is the glamour type pictures. Real life is often a little rough around the edges. Real people, real social interaction is rapidly being replaced by social media.
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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  8. TeeTeng

    July 14, 2018 at 8:38am

    Decompression technology is something that people must know, because people make mistakes at work, causing dissatisfaction to erupt, which will lead to quarrels. This technique is especially a matter of learning and controlling emotions. Exercise can exercise the body and promote blood circulation, and control emotions is a work that does not want to worry about it. It is enough to do your best to do it well. As long as the effective completion of these two methods helps relieve stress and emotions, it can also relax the mind and body. In my opinion, this technology is better than drugs.

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 6:48pm

      TeeTeng, Thanks for the comment and the decompression technique tip. I have not heard of this approach but will be at my next chance to do research. Work related stress is on the rise, some workplaces are now including meditation areas and allowing some pets to be brought to work.
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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  9. Eden

    July 14, 2018 at 9:50am

    It was really interesting reading your article and there are some great tips. I listen to music and it does relieve some stress. But having my guinea pigs and looking after them relieves a lot of stress for me. There is a person in my life that does cause me a lot of stress that I live with. As you say you have got to say thats them, not me, which is a good way of looking at it.

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      Sanders Whitley

      July 14, 2018 at 6:35pm

      Eden, Great to hear from you and it is good to hear that you get a lot of stress relief from your guinea pigs. Sometimes pets just is not the right word, family is closer. I also have a person close that causes me stress. I try to deal with my stress but not allow them to have too great an impact on my life. Much easier said than done. I can recommend good music, headphones, and a long walk.
      Walking the Path of Peace,
      Sanders

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