Drug use is one of the most common ways people seek to relieve stress. For some, logic is that taking a drug is easy; and sure enough, it does give relief relatively quickly. This, however, is not true. Drugs just give you a temporary refugee from the hurdles of life. Over a period of time, the body builds a tolerance to them and makes them ineffective; and this is when the person keeps increasing the dosage.  This is the main reason why people tend to get addicted to all kinds of drugs.

Technically gradual use of the drug leads to a chemical imbalance in the human brain which causes a temporary malfunction of the nervous system in the human body. This affects the behavioral traits and analytical thinking process of the person. Sometimes, the person ends up avoiding the socialization process, misbehaving and even committing hideous crimes. So drugs cannot help someone cope with stress or depression or sadness, actually, they worsen the condition. If you find yourself thinking about those pills or that pipe over and over again, it would be wise to set the terms of use. There are plenty of ways you can relieve stress even without using any kind of narcotic or alcohol. Let us tell you the best way to do that and lead a no stress, drug-free life.

1. Balance your work and life

If you find yourself working too hard or being unable to meet your goals, then you need to reassess your objectives. Working hard is a good thing but only if it should not be hampering your other activities. Giving time for your hobbies and spending some time with your family and friends is also important. This boosts the energy and help in revitalizing.

In fact, the majority of people using drugs to relieve stress do so because they do not maintain a work-life balance. Though they think they will get a performance boost from a drug, it soon turns into a habit and becomes more important than the work itself.

Also, unequal work-life balance easily leads to burnout and professional exhaustion. That is why the most successful people in the world always keep a strong personal life and also fulfill their professional commitments diligently.

2. Take Frequent Breaks

Ask any psychologist and they will tell you that the human mind cannot focus for more than 2 or 3 hours at a stretch. Even the most studious or work-oriented individuals cannot go more than 4 hours without a break. On the contrary, you should take a break after a long stretch of work. This will help you recharge and dedicate yourself to your work with renewed enthusiasm.

3. Enjoy a Conversation in Between Tasks

Talking to someone you care about is one of the best ways to relieve stress. In today’s world, there is no shortage of communication channels. Whether you want to call or text or even speak to someone in person, there are several avenues to do that. Talking to people especially family and friends is a great way to relieve stress.

Ideally, you should keep regular communication with your co-workers and peers. Do not let it affect your work. Work single-mindedly once you are at it. However, remember to give yourself a break and engage in some light conversation.

During the weekends, you should go out and have a relaxing evening with some close friends and relatives. This is a good way to unwind and also enjoy the fruits of your professional labors.

4. Proper Diet and Exercise Lead to Quality Life

A good diet is very important to maintain long-term working potential and output. People who eat a lot of junk food are bound to develop a number of health problems that will hamper their productivity sooner or later. Maintaining a healthy diet as per your bodily requirements and taste preferences is one of the best ways of staying stress-free.

Just as eating right helps you maintain decent energy; exercising also helps you regulate your energy levels. Aside from the obvious physical improvement from regular exercise, having a good workout routine will also give you lots of self-confidence. This will naturally translate into your daily life as well and help you become efficient at work and cordial in relationships.

5. Try Meditating

Meditation has been scientifically proven to be one of the best ways of busting stress and remaining happily productive. There are many ways in which you can meditate based on your work schedule and requirements. You don’t need to spend hours in a yoga posture to truly benefit from meditating. The idea is to clear your mind and refocus it on the tasks at hand. If a 15-minute meditative break gives you that clarity, then you can go for that.

Additionally, there are many tools used for meditating. Rosaries, meditation beads, and other such tools are fairly common. You do not need to be a religious person to use them either. Just understand how they can be used for mediating and use them to the best effect. If you want to know more ways of meditating, consult a therapist or search online; and you will surely find one that fits your bill.


Doing drugs for relieving stress is a bad idea at best as it creates more stress in the long-run than it reduces. Remember, drug abuse can never be a solution to stress. It will create more stress and health problems for you and your loved ones. Follow the tips to stay stress-free discussed above and make the most of the opportunities life presents to you. Questions or concerns?  If so, reach out to Sunshine Behavioral Health today.

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