Alex Saxton

How to Reduce Stress Without Using Medication

If you struggle with stress and are looking for healthy ways to reduce stress without relying on medication then you have come to the right place.  Today, we’re diving deep into the stress zone to unlock the mysteries of what can cause stress, what stress can lead to, and most importantly, how to reduce stress and what are healthy ways to deal with stress. Ready to hear more? Let’s go!

What can cause stress?

Let’s start by solving the puzzle of what can trigger stress. Imagine the following: impending deadlines, mounting debt, tumultuous relationships, or even the daily rigors of existence. All of these things can cause stress and can strike without warning. Occasionally, a confluence of little and major stresses can tip the scales and lead us into stress overload. Not to mention our inner drama queen who enjoys making everything into a high-stakes game, should we? Yes, that may undoubtedly add to the already existing tension.

The downsides of too much stress

Let’s now discuss the potential consequences of allowing stress to rule our lives. Stress can be more than simply a passing irritation; it can have a significant impact on our physical and emotional health. Stress may cause a lot of damage to our bodies and minds, from headaches and tense muscles to sleep issues and mood changes. Similar to the dominoes that fall one after the other. Not to mention the negative impact it has on our immune systems. Without a way out, stress can spiral out of control and result in burnout, anxiety, despair, and a number of other less-than-desirable effects. I promise you that nobody wants to go that stressful route.

How to reduce stress

Fortunately, though, stress does not have to overcome us. There are, in fact, effective strategies for reducing and eliminating stress. Identifying your stress causes is one of the first stages. What triggers your alarm system for stress? Is it the daily grind, social circumstances, or work deadlines? After you’ve identified your stressors, you can begin developing a strategy to deal with them head-on. It’s like solving the puzzles of your own stress and becoming a more composed version of yourself.

Self-care is another important component in the stress-reduction puzzle. Although scented candles and bubble baths are wonderful, self-care is more than that. Setting limits, scheduling time for oneself, and allowing oneself to say “no” are all important. Self-care is your stress-relieving companion, always ready to step in and save the day. It can take many forms, such as taking a few deep breaths, writing your thoughts, or going for a walk in the outdoors.

Not to be overlooked is the importance of asking for help from others. Be in the company of loved ones, friends, or even a furry animal who may provide a sympathetic ear and provide consolation. (Did you know that studies show that petting your dog is soothing for both the owner and the dog?) Sometimes all it takes to reduce stress and serve as a reminder that you’re not alone in this hectic world is to just talk about your troubles with a trusted friend or spend some quality time with a pet.

What are healthy ways to deal with stress?

Well, the options are virtually limitless. Exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress since it releases feel-good endorphins and takes your thoughts away from the commotion. Engaging in physical activity, such as stretching your limbs or going for a run, can significantly reduce your stress levels.

You can also use mindfulness, guided hypnosis, and meditation as effective stress-reduction techniques. Finding inner peace in the middle of the storm can be achieved by taking a few minutes to breathe deeply, concentrating on the here and now, and quieting your rushing thoughts. It’s similar to taking a brief mental vacation from the anxious chatter that frequently takes over our minds.

Another advantageous feature of being in nature is tree bathing. It’s a therapeutic approach where people spend time among trees or in the natural forest setting to encourage relaxation, lower stress levels, and enhance general wellbeing. Alternatively, how about the blue mind? Being close to water and immersing oneself in the aquatic wonders of nature can bring about a mood of tranquillity and inner serenity. It can uplift your emotions and relieve tension, much like a comforting balm for the soul.

Furthermore, we should never undervalue the power of humor. Yes, the best medicine is, in fact, laughing. Laughing out loud, telling jokes to friends, or just watching a hilarious movie can all help you decompress and remember that happiness exists even in the middle of stress.

Last words…

Yes, stress may be an unwelcome visitor in our lives, but we have the power to show it the door. By identifying our stress triggers, seeking support, practicing self-care, and embracing healthy coping strategies, we can navigate the stormy seas of stress with resilience and grace.

If you need further assistance on how to reduce stress and anxiety – check out my “Hypnosis for Anxiety”  service during which I can help you feel calmer, less stressed, and less anxious.

I’m a clinical hypnotherapist with over 15 years of experience, and to date, I have helped over 100 clients from London, Poole, Bournemouth,  Southampton, Bath,  Bristol, the United States, and as far afield as New Zealand to overcome anxiety. Regardless of where you reside,  I am fully equipped to assist you in the same manner so do get in touch if you need my hypnosis help too. Here is the link to my website and here is the link to my calendar if you would like to book a consultation