Ways to deal with stress – Natural vs.Prescription




Stressed? We have all been there, some of us on a daily, weekly, perhaps monthly basis. Did you know that “stressed” spelled backwards spells “desserts”? Hmm… I wonder if that’s why some of us eat our stress away… Oh No! that can lead to even more stress. 🙂

Well, let’s take a look at how stress is defined shall we?

Stress: “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”

Things that cause stress

While there are a plethora of things that can cause stress in our everyday lives, let’s take a look at these to name a few:

  • More financial responsibility – none of us want to have more bills than money coming in
  • Being in a job you aren’t happy with – this might include working long hours, not having clear instructions from supervisors on work expectations, dangerous working conditions, discrimination or even harassment
  • Death of a loved one
  • Getting married
  • Divorce
  • Taking care of a terminally ill family member
  • Then there’re emotional problems such as: Depression, low sex drive, anxiety, compulsive behavior and mood swings

Go Natural

Have you ever come across a scent that took you back to a “happy” time in your life? I think we have all experienced that at one time or another. Burning a scented candle or even using essential oils may help reduce the level of stress or anxiety you may be feeling. Here are just a few scents that are soothing:

  • Roman chamomile – It is generally used as a blood purifier- it helps to prevent menstrual cramps and irregular periods. It can also be used in a steam bath to inhale to help sinus inflammation. It can also be used to help with ear inflammation and sore throats, just a general pain reliever overall.
  • Lavender – It is known to have antiseptic qualities. Not only can it help with headaches and toothaches, it can also help with minor burns and even bug bites. And there’s a bonus, it can even help to prevent hair loss. But, one of my favorite qualities about this oil is its calming effect. You ask how so? Well, it interacts with the neurotransmitter known as GABA that helps to quieten the brain and nervous system activity therefore reducing restlessness, aggression, agitation and anger. I’m thinking we could all use more Lavender in our lives !
  • Ylang Ylang – This oil is known for causing a reduction in blood pressure and stress hormone levels due the following study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3836517. It is still in the testing phases regarding lowering blood pressure.
  • Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Evening primrose oil, Ginger, Turmeric essential oil and Basil all have a variety of anti-inflammatory qualities. For those who have Rhuematoid Arthritis, mixing certain oils together to get a better effect can be done. In everything there are positive and negative side effects so it is always best to consult your physician before applying new techniques to your health regimen.

Traditionally Speaking …

Even though natural alternatives can sometimes help to alleviate the added stresses and ailments, prescription medications are the more likely choice. So which ones are usually used to treat stress-related issues?

The most common ones are Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin and Librium just to name a few. Which ones treat what ailments? Well, Xanax (alprazolam) Klonopin (clonazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam) are normally used short term for anxiety.

Those who have anger issues typically will be prescribed anti-depressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa. Even though these drugs don’t really target “anger” in the body, what they do have is a calming effect that helps to control negative emotions and the feeling of rage.

Balancing

So how do you balance between traditional and natural treatment for stress? Why not use “complimentary medicine” in conjunction with traditional medicine? Complimentary medicine is when alternative medicine therapies are used along with traditional medicine.

Examples of complimentary medicine include:

  • Natural health products – such as dietary supplements, herbs and probiotics
  • Mind and body techniques – such as massage therapy, acupuncture and even tai chi
  • Alternative health choices – such as homeopathy, naturopathy and traditional Chinese medicine

We are all unique and what works for one person may not work for another, so with the guidance of a doctor, why not try different therapies to see what works best. It’s all about the right research and knowing what is right for our bodies. There are risks and side effects in traditional as well as alternative medicine.

I wouldn’t recommend letting alternative medicine take the place wholly of traditional medicine. I would suggest, however, to combine some more complimentary approaches such as meditation, massage therapy, yoga and chiropractic with your doctor’s plan of care for you, if that’s the direction that would be beneficial.

Other ways to consider…

When dealing with stress, sometimes we simply need to think outside the box and perhaps the easiest way to deal with it is right in front of you.

Did you know that when you are always around constant noise, it tends to keep your brain actively on alert mode and can lead to physical stress? Some ways you can alleviate this is to play some soothing music in the background or try downloading white noise on your phone or simply wear ear plugs.

When you feel your stress temperature rising, try massaging your ears. 🙂 Rub your ear lobes as well as the outer edges of your ear. Did you know that by doing this, it triggers the reflex points on your body and cause you to relax more. Hmm…who knew?

As you are going through the day to day activities, you may consider upping your intake of vitamin C, as your body can get run down quickly and become susceptible to those nasty germs floating around.

Have you ever paid attention to your body when you are trying to tell someone something in a hurry? Your heart rate is up and your breathing becomes more shallow. Try talking slower and see how your body reacts. I think you’ll find it more physically and emotionally relaxing. The same goes for eating; when we eat too fast, it stresses our bodies’ digestion system. We have a tendency to feel a sense of urgency about the events happening around us even when eating therefore causing us to not be relaxed. Next time you eat, try focusing on the quality of food and give yourself a chance to slow down.

Schedule some “me time”. We probably don’t do this often enough. You’d be amazed at how much calmer this can make you feel. I like to dabble with my acrylic paints and oil pastels so sometimes I take a day off work just to do those things that make me feel better.

Learn to just say “no”. I know this can be a hard one for some of us, especially those type A personalities. Sometimes we can overwhelm ourselves, so next time someone requests something of you, if your gut tells you … just say no. You’ll feel better and people will respect your decisiveness, eventually.

Last but not least, sometimes when our manganese level is high, it causes us to be irritable, aggressive, nervous and anxious. Occasionally we just need a good cry. Watch a sad movie, because when you cry, it lowers your manganese level therefore making your mood better and lowering your stress level.

Just to Recap…

Whatever way you deal with the stress in your life, make sure you follow what your doctor tells you along with trying things that will be helpful for your body overall. So, if you decide to go natural as well, then go healthy.

32 thoughts on “Ways to deal with stress – Natural vs.Prescription”

  1. Thank you so much for the awesome post!  I loved reading this post because it deals with stress, and some of the natural ways of dealing with it.  I am under a lot of stress, mostly financial, and I am trying to avoid prescriptions.  Lavender does help a lot.  The one thing I don’t do that I should, is take some me time.  That is though to do.

    1. Thank you Jessie for your feedback – your enthusiasm encourages me to keep pressing on. I think there are a lot of natural ways we can incorporate into our lives to lessen our stress, it’s all about finding what works for us. 

      Sqwirlgrl

  2. Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article .Human stress is something that none of us can avoid .This emotional stress makes money, divorce,natural etc can be for any reason .You have mentioned several solutions to these solutions: Go Natural, Roman chamomile, Ylang Ylang .And these are all natural medicine.Of which  Ylang Ylang medicine is very important for me and I will definitely visit your website .Because this natural oil will help alleviate my stress and blood pressure as I learned through your article. So I will collect it soon and hope to use it will get very good results .For everyone’s sake, we should try to solve all the problems we have with stroke again. If not then there is other medicine, but if you do not have the side effect of natural solution, I think it is.

    1. Shanta,

      Thanks for your feedback. I really hope that the Ylang Ylang works for you as well. There are so many non-intrusive  natural ways that we can work into our lives to reduce stress. I hope you find what works for you. 🙂

  3. Thank you very much for writing that greatly changed my perspective on seeing “stress”. I was convicted by a doctor that I had depression at a moderate to high level 3 years ago. One of the triggers for depression that occurs is due to stress.
    Unfortunately, I didn’t find your website at that time, so I had to take a long way to deal with the stress I was experiencing. If only, I found that time then I’m sure the healing process will take place faster. 

    This is because, I agree that using therapy from natural ingredients can relieve stress quite significantly. I personally, 2 hours before going to bed, turned on the diffuser with essential oils from Eucalyptus. As a result, I was able to sleep better because the stress that I felt miraculously disappeared because of this Eucalyptus oil. In addition, in the morning after waking up and after lunch I also drink Chamomile Tea, and the effect is extraordinary. Believe me!

    By the way, aside from prescription and natural products, how do you view meditation or yoga to relieve stress?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Kyle,

      I appreciate you sharing your experience with me. Like everything else we incorporate into our every day life, finding natural ways to deal with stress and making time to do them every day will make a difference in us long term. I have never tried Yoga but I can see how it would relax the body, mind and spirit just as meditation. I’m all for both of them. I believe both can help reduce stress by lowering blood pressure and even helping your immune system.  

      Sqwirlgrl

  4. 😄 STRESSED spelt backwards is DESSERTS 🤦🏽‍♂️ I didn’t see that coming! Anyways thank you for sharing the ways to deal with stress. I experienced stress on a daily basis especially when I was still in school but then I never knew about Natural Ways and I never knew about prescription either. So I didn’t try any of those. I just did what I felt would help; like relaxing myself after the long day. So I find this post very helpful. I’d go with the natural way.

    Regards!

    1. Hey, thanks for your feedback. I’m glad you came across my website. I hope you can now have better options to choose from that can help when needed.

  5. Hi! I have always inclined myself towards natural solution and up to this point I haven’t had need to take prescription. But I really like what you have mentioned concerning how thinking out of the box can help us a lot. I’ll also consider downloading some pleasant background music. These alternatives sound good. I’ll test them and tell you what results I had. Thank you very much!

  6. You’ve been blessed by getting born in a free country, with relatively high levels of security and political stability. If your problem has a solution, why would you worry about it?; If your problem doesn’t have a solution, why would you worry about it?

    Life is simpler than it appears. We insist on complicating our own lives. We live influenced bay too many fears. Fear is the opposite feeling of Love and the most destructive power on earth. Roman chamomile is great (I personally use it on a daily basis). Chemical medication will never be an option looking for balance using natural means and meditation should be the best option.

    Silence is definitely a good way of scaping stress and anxiety. I use to run away from noisy places and noisy people too (both tends to be equally dangerous). Thanks for including it as an alternative. Great post!

    1. Hi Juan

      Thanks for your feedback. 

      Try implementing that relaxing music also.. I find it very useful. 

      So glad to hear that you are using the roman chamomile as well. I hope you continue to find great ways to deal with any stress in your life.

      Sqwirlgrl

  7. haha, I was today years old when I realized that ‘stressed’ spelled backward is ‘desserts.’ It really does make sense (and is very clever). 

    I also didn’t know that roman chamomille aids in preventing period cramps. I will try that (because I suffer from severe period pain). Do you drink it in tea form or is rubbing the oil on your abdomen sufficient?

    I love this article. In fact, I am going to save it for future use as it was very insightful. The only thing I would say about it is that prescription medication should be the last source to reduce stress

    1. Tyranique,

      You will want to mix the chamomile oil with a carrier oil like perhaps coconut oil and just rub it directly on your abdomen. You can also put a few drops in your bath water. 

      Sqwirlgrl

  8. Hey Teresa; this post is food for thought. Stress can be a monster in one’s path when it takes a set on its victim. However, you seem to be on top of the monster. I found that my ear especially the right ear itches a lot when I am feeling stress. 

    I never knew that massaging would help to relieve the stress; however, I am forced to massage my ears during an itching sensation. Stress and anxiety are caused by so many things it is hard to say anyone has escape having stress at one time or another.

    Would you say that the Rich folks do not have stress?

    DorcasW

    1. Hi Dorcas,

      I would definitely agree that the Rich folks have stress, maybe not the kind that we imagine but it definitely takes it’s toll. 

  9. I very much liked your post. A very nice presentation of the site. You did a great job presenting the numerous aspects of stress as well as a very good job in presenting a variety of natural ingredients that can be used under the proper circumstances to possibly relieve a stressful condition. I also like that you mentioned that experimenting with natural ingredients show be confirmed with the appropriate medical professionals.

    1. Thank you Moonmount, I am a firm believer in trying the least invasive methods to help with stress but like I mentioned, we are all different and we should listen to what our doctors are telling us , within reason.

      In the future, I hope to present some products for stress that can be for purchase for those of you who would like to try them. 

      Thanks

      Sqwirlgrl

  10. When it comes down to stress, I always want to deal with it naturally. Even though I drink too much sometimes, oops! I also find that lavender relaxes me. I like to put it in my diffuser and I also drink some lemongrass tea. It is just relaxing. I use Eucalyptus and mis it with a carrier oil and rub a bit of it on my temples, that helps! It is so relaxing. I learned that when I bought a lotion from Origin store. 

    Of course it is best to fix the root of your problems but sometimes if you cannot, you just going to have to let things go. Meditation will help with that.

    1. Yes I agree that if you cannot get to the root of the problem, then do what works best 🙂 

      Thanks for your feedback Nuttanee 

  11. Hi, I must really appreciate toy for this wonderful and informative piece of article, I must say that I really benefited a lot from your exposures on the likely cause of stress and the side effect and damages it can pose if not well managed.
    As an adventurer, I can say that the stress I encounter daily is no way compared to some other professions, but yet it takes oy the grace of God to be able to manage stress conveniently.
    There is no way one wouldn’t encounter stress, but the ability to manage it is the most important bring that one should look out for.

    1. Yes Carol, there are various ways to manage it and with the help of our doctors, it can make our lives more peaceful along with natural selections that work for us.

  12. For me I think the natural way is the best which truly involves a lot but it worth it as accumulated stress is one thing that not everyone can recover from with just help of some pills..thanks slot for this awesome article it would definitely be of help to the public as it has been of help to me.

  13. Thank you for sharing such an excellent article with us and your article was interesting and informative. I have got a lot of information about ways to deal with stress. Mental stress is something that none of us can avoid. Everyone has mental stress. Someone has money pressure. The stress of studying son and daughter is emotional because of the emotional stress of getting divorced again. You mentioned several of these solutions: Go Natural, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang. All of them are natural medicine. Ylang Ylang medicine is very important to me. I have been using Ylang Ylang medicine for over a year and through this medication, I have reduced my mental stress and I have been able to get out of my stress and you have benefited with the medication. I think other people and people like me will be able to get out of this stress by using Ylang-ylang medicine. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back to your website later and thank you again for providing such a beautiful post and I wish you good health.

  14. Hey, I enjoy while reading your article and find useful ways to deal with stress. You are doing an awesome work to keep people stress free naturally. Now I also know that those who have anger issues typically will be prescribed anti-depressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa. It helps to control negative emotions. Your guide is very awesome to deal with stress. Keep it up.

  15. The older you get the more you think about health.  I longer go to the gym to look good but to stay healthy for my family.  Stress is the number 1 killer for me.  You have made some very good points in this post.  I look forward to seeing more posts about this subject.  

  16. Hello, this is a great topic, drinking healthy water.

    I think as a society, we kinda take it for granted just how important drinking healthy water is. We can get so lost in the hype and “talk” about living healthy in what we eat, in getting good sleep, in controlling our weight, that we leave out the basics of drinking good water.

    I didn’t know until I was in my later years how important drinking natural spring water was the first 16 years of my life. We lived out in the country and had our own clean well water. The dentists told me for years that I had healthy teeth and no cavities, and I credit it to the clean drinking water and very little candy growing up.

    That being said, you’ve got a great topic. I wish you complete success.
    Joanie

    1. Thanks Joanie

      Yes, today there are many choices that we can make regarding the clean drinking water. Sometimes it’s just as simple as that …

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