Lose The Xanax

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stress-yoga

Take a breath. A deep breath. Now do it again. Do you feel that? That’s anxiety exiting your very being – melting away from your consciousness – allowing for a calm to roll in.

We need this. You need this.

The act and art of meditation and relieving oneself of anxious emotion is a necessity in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. We live in a fast paced world. We have to act, and move very quickly in every waking moment. This ultimately leads to stress; a budding epidemic in today’s society. Stress is a detriment to our health. Like obesity, it weighs on us. It’s an “invisible” killer. You can clearly tell when someone’s overweight, and make your assumptions about their health accordingly, but anxiety escapes no one. It’s masked. It knows no bounds. You can be in great shape, but your heart, body, and mind may still be taking a beating – feeling the ill-effects of anxiety – ultimately making you no healthier than the person that has a couple of extra pounds at their waistline.

How do people cope with stress? Well, the typical American tends to self-medicate. To rid themselves of their daily stress by turning to assorted comforts allowing themselves to get their mind thinking about other things. Things that may play a role in an unhealthy lifestyle. Things like:

  • Overeating
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Recreational drugs
  • “Retail therapy”
  • Becoming a permanent piece of the couch

All of these methods are counterproductive. They’re the gateway to further medication, which is running rampant in contemporary United States of America.

Medications for anxiety include:

  • Benzodiazepines. They leave you feeling “calm and relaxed.” But at what price? Common benzodiazepines include Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Ativan.
  • Antidepressants, such as Paxil and Effexor. Doctors are quick to dish them out, without really digging in and garnering a complete understanding of a given patient’s ailment.

Dependency on anti-anxiety medications is a potential complication of treatment. These dependencies are infinitely expanding, and that’s a scary thought.

Lose the Xanax. Lose the prescribed medications. They’re a blanket that isn’t necessary. There are natural ways to go on living your life fully, and happily. The simple starting point is with breathing.

Let’s pause.

Are you ready? Take a deep breath. Now do it again. Do you feel that? Yeah, it’s that simple.

OK, now it’s time further your education. Meditation, using breathing techniques paired with gentle yoga based movements, is one of the most effective best-researched tools for stress management. But it’s not in the forefront of the media today. Medications are. Medications that are lining the pockets of those prescribing the drugs. Medications are a quick fix. They’re an “out-of-site, out-of-mind” type of treatment. It’s time to stop and breathe. The practice of remedial breathing techniques needs to be learned, practiced, and consistently put to use. Once you’re on the beat – on the mission of self-treatment – you can achieve maximum relaxation, and the benefits that stem from ditching, or getting a handle on anxiety.

Stress reduction classes and techniques are an important part of the Nourish Health approach to alleviating chronic conditions without drugs and achieving life-long wellness in our high stress society.

Inhale, exhale, and contact us today.
Complete relaxation awaits you.