Feb 182014

Stress and Anxiety

There are ways to get high without taking drugs or falling back to old addictions. For someone fighting addiction these natural highs work as a miracle but even if you are not trying to kick an addiction, getting these natural highs regularly will help in improving motivation and positivity. The release of endorphins in our brains is what causes a natural high state. Drugs try to replicate this in different ways and although drugs can take you very high they are addictive and not safe. These natural highs on the other hand are much safer and can still help you beat the stress and anxiety of daily life.

10. Upbeat Music:

Listening to upbeat music is a great way to get pumped up. Loud and heavy music with inspiring lyrics can be a great way to boost motivation and get a natural high. Dancing to an upbeat number can give an even bigger high as the physical exertion of dancing will release endorphins in the brain.

9. Massage:

Getting a full body massage is a good way of relaxing and beating stress. Massage will also release endorphins and give you a mellow relaxed feeling that is accompanied with certain drugs. It relieves pain and releases stress and makes you happy. A good long massage can work just as well as the “happy pills” that many people take.

8. Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is an oriental technique of using needles to stimulate and relax the nervous system of the body. It is a technique of alternative medicine that many people have found effective. Not only can it relieve pain and heal injuries but it also helps you get relaxed, stress free and happy.

7. Adventure Sports:

One way to get high naturally is to go for an adrenalin rush. Adrenalin is a body hormone that is released during the fight or flight response of the body to certain dangerous situations. It increases heart rate, relaxes muscles and improves reflexes which can be the beat any drug induced feeling of getting high. Adventure sports such as sky diving, bungee jumping, rafting, rock climbing etc. will give you this natural high.

6. Contact Sports:

If adventure sports are too dangerous for you, you can choose a contact sport such as rugby, football or martial arts to get your dose of adrenalin rush. Such sports are relatively safe and provide you with competition, exercise and an adrenalin rush that gives you a natural high and also helps in releasing stress.

5. Sex:

Sex is really great for your overall physical, mental and emotional fitness. It is also a great way to get a natural high. In a way the blissful high of an orgasm is what we are all chasing after through out our life in different forms. Having exciting sex regularly can keep you happy and stress free and healthy while giving you a natural high.

4. Laughing:

Laughing can release very good chemicals in the brain that will make you feel genuinely happy. There are people who do a sort of “laughing yoga” and force themselves to laugh in order to beat stress and relax the body and the mind. Laughing till you are rolling on the floor with tears rolling down your cheeks is a great way of getting a natural high.

3. Yoga:

Yoga is much more than just physical exercise. It also includes practices of meditation and is a great way of releasing stress and relaxing the mind and the body. Yoga will help you release endorphins in the brain and also help you change your brain wave activity to give you a completely natural high.

2. Pumping Iron:

Lifting heavy weights in the gym is good for getting a natural high. When you overwork your muscles you get a feeling that your muscles are going to burst out of your skin. This feeling is known as pumping up and is a great way of feeling a natural high. Other benefits of pumping iron are the release of endorphins and the boost to self confidence with the improvement of the body image.

1. Long Distance Running:

A very good way of feeling a natural high is long distance running. Marathon runners often find themselves crying at the end of the race. This is because when we exert physically for a long time and to the limits of our endurance it causes a chemical reaction in our brain which makes us emotional and also releases endorphins that make us happy. Long distance runners and other endurance sportspersons have felt this natural high many times and know that even though they might cry at first, afterwards they feel very good about themselves.

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