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Last Updated on April 29, 2019
There’s no getting around it. Life is stressful. Everywhere we look there is another reason to be worried. Living under the shadow of constant stress is wearing and can manifest poor health, scattered attention at work, and problems in our relationships. How we handle all this stress determines our quality of life, so what are some alternative things we can do to dial it down?
Alternative Therapy for Depression
If you’re currently battling with depression, you may be interested in finding out what’s TMS therapy and how it can help you. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the part of the brain that is thought to influence mood regulation. The targeted areas are believed by many in the medical field to be the physical source of depression.
The pulses of magnetic energy stimulate the brain’s nerve cells to help relieve symptoms of depression such as sadness, memory loss, reduced appetite, declining interest in sex, sleep problems, focus issues, thoughts of suicide, and more in those unable to be helped by traditional approaches.
CBD for Stress
How is using CBD for stress beneficial? CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, which is a constituent of industrial hemp. It has no THC, which is the component of cannabis that causes a high, so you are not impaired in any way. You are alert and completely safe to work and to drive.
CBD works with the endocannabinoid system in your body (everybody has one), to reduce stress and create feelings of calm and relaxation. Easy, safe, and discreet to take, it can be purchased online without a prescription. A few drops under the tongue can help restore calm and keep you feeling balanced throughout your day.
Keeping your feelings in check can not only help you avoid hasty, knee-jerk reactions but can help lower your stress level. You can avoid conflict in a tense moment and regain your composure by:
- Counting backward from 100
- Practicing 4-fold breathing (inhale for 4 counts, hold for 4, exhale for 4, then hold empty for 4)
- Go for a walk to clear your head
Journaling can help you let your feelings out in a way that doesn’t blow up on anyone. Since it’s your journal and meant for your eyes only, you can say whatever you want in whatever way expresses your feelings best. You can also go back and see the patterns of your reactions.
Evidence is mounting that people who volunteer may be rewarded with longer life, better health, and lower blood pressure. Purposefully helping others can help reduce your stress while taking your mind off your own troubles. Making new friends and connections can increase your social and relationship skills. Every area of your life will benefit from the higher level of self-confidence you will gain from giving your time to others.
The balance to striving and achievement is gratitude. Thankfulness for what we have not only increases our peace of mind but opens the door to more. One easy way to practice gratitude daily is to think of 10 things for which you are thankful as you are waiting to fall asleep.
If you have a hard time with gratitude on days that contain difficult experiences, you can re-frame by thinking about what you learned. Not what anguish would teach you, but what grace would have you learn.
These tools can help you feel more balanced and increase your well-being. All of them can help you fall asleep in contentment and wake with energy and purpose. Which one can you apply to your life this week?