Alternatives to Benzodiazepines for Stress Reduction

For many years, doctors have relied on benzodiazepines as first line of treatment for anxiety disorders. While these medications are effective in quelling the physical symptoms of anxiety and stress, they present a strong risk for the patient’s developing a physical dependence on the prescribed drug and are therefore not a viable treatment solution for those in recovery, nor should they be considered a cure-all by any person suffering from excess stress and anxiety. If we concede drugs are not an effective solution for our anxiety problems, what are our options to treat this very real mental disorder?

One effective and all-natural form of stress relief can be found in a daily exercise regimen. Exercise promotes more than just a healthy body, as regular cardiovascular exercise promotes healthy neurochemical levels in our brains which can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Establishing and adhering to a regul