Are there alternative ways to cope with stress and worry besides taking prescription medication?
Nothing helps to get one’s mind of a worrying problem – like an unpleasant situation from which there is no release, like an illness to which there is no immediate cure, like the memory of something we would rather forget, or a troublesome circumstance from which there is no escape – as an all-absorbing hobby or preoccupation worth pursuing.
The dedication to sport – (like golf, tennis or any other sport for instance) can be regular welcome hours of escape from the duties and obligations and associated issues that sometimes cause anxiety.
For the “real thing” that trouble the heart and mind, the dedication to some voluntary duties; an hour of gardening or hunting with a camera for shots of nature’s beauty can be a great relief. Collecting things like coins, stamps, porcelain, and curio items take one’s mind of undesirable preoccupations in favour of better ones.
Apart from easing the worry or “being sorry for oneself” other outside interest and hobbies heal! The therapeutic effects as such are undeniable, as it changes what is inclined to make one feel unwell to sensations of a healthier state, namely, the mind of the trouble and to a sensation of satisfaction and even accomplishment when some such task is done or represents a completed item. Take a drive into the country and contemplate the scenery of another environment!
There is so much healing to the “bruised soul” in caring for and loving the pet, not to mention one’s awareness of the loyalty and devotion it gives in return. Sitting quietly in one’s favourite chair and listening to ones chosen music, has one of the greatest healing powers of all. As sound vibrations, reaching the ear and thus the mind, have a powerful effect on the psyche, which in most cases is the very thing that is ailing and if not treated and stresses are allowed to continue, can cause actual physical illness and disorder.
Therefore in very stressful moments, it is of great benefit to make one – self-relax, control ones thinking (meditate in other words) and take a nap or at least drowse in a state of little worry activity. In preparation for this, a hot bath is relaxing and beneficial!
If these alternative ways to cope with stress and worry all fail – which it won’t if you are dedicated to relieving your condition a chosen and favourite way – console yourself with the knowledge that time brings change – and time and change can heal everything!