5 Ways to Handle Stress Without Medication

As you might know by now, stress can build up to a lot of complications, including illnesses and emotional trauma, which in turn can lead to even greater complications. Stress can also be the precursor to depression.

In dealing with stress, medication can sometimes help to ease depression and other symptoms of stress, but then again, the risks of troubling side effects like a numbness, loss of sexual interest and weight gain are high. You might want to try some other means of dealing with stress other than medication, and we have compiled a listed of alternative treatment options that will help you deal with stress and its effects (depression in particular) safely and effectively:



Exercises–aerobic exercises especially–will go a long way in improving your health. Exercise in generally not only improves your health, it also has a way of improving your mood temporarily, by boosting the release of the body’s feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It also keeps your mind busy for a while, taking it off that situation that might have caused the stress in the first place, whether it be work, or studies or family problems. Research has shown that exercise may also have long-term benefits for people with depression. Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways. The best part is, you don’t need to run marathons to get these benefits, and simply going for a brisk walk a few times a week would be very helpful.

Eat Healthy

Fruits and Vegetables

To be totally frank, there’s no magic diet that instantly fixes stress, but there are foods that may actually mitigate or exacerbate whatever symptoms of stress you might be feeling. Foods like alcohol, for instance, shouldn’t be the first food to go after when you’re feeling stressed out. On the other hand, foods which contain Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish, and folic acid, such as spinach and avocados, could help relieve the symptoms of stress and depression.

Get Enough Sleep

Enough Sleep

You might be surprised to find out that it is quite possible that the only reason why you’re stressed is because you’re not having enough sleep. 7-8 hours of sleep each night is the recommended amount of sleep adults should have regularly.

Try Having More Fun



The simple fact is, having fun will help improve your mood and also distract you from whatever it is that might be bothering you and contributing to raising your stress levels. Most people spend most of their time at work or working in some way or the other and work related issues are the reason for elevated stress levels. If possible, the best thing you could do is get a job that you actually love doing and in that way, you’ll be having fun throughout the day, and won’t feel so stressed out when challenges do arise.


There you have it! 5 different activities you could do without having to face the possible side effects that many stress relieving medications come with. Try to fix your daily schedule to adapt to these activities.

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