Recreational marijuana use has increased significantly in recent years. Perhaps, this comes from a desire to “get high” for fun. However, what if the increase in marijuana use could be attributed to stress?
The increase in stress
As people grow, their responsibilities increase. This results in the appearance of new stressors and a decrease in free time. Between work, loved ones and other life responsibilities, the average person is currently living with more stress than ever before.
Technology has become more and more a part of our daily lives. This can lead to less attention to our need for relaxation and self-care. Instead, we may spend time thinking about every aspect of our lives without focusing on our health or truly living in the moment.
Marijuana as a form of self-medication
With all of this stress, it’s no surprise that individuals are turning to bandaging their problems with drugs and alcohol. One of the most commonly used drugs for this purpose is marijuana. Marijuana may cause an increase in relaxation and appetite. It can also enhance the way that people experience tactile, visual and auditory stimulation. The use of marijuana may change a person’s mood, and can distort their sense of time and space. These affects allow a person to forget their stress for a short time, but it is only a temporary fix.
Regulating stress with Equine-Assisted Learning
Rather than turning to controlled substances, individuals need to learn to change their thought patterns and regulate their own stress. Constantly overthinking causes this stress. If overthinking could change for the better, then using marijuana to relax would not be the issue that it is.
Participants in an Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) session use the reaction of a horse to pinpoint patterns, emotions and behaviors that have gotten them to where they are today. Horses naturally live in the moment. Learning to mimic this behavior, while focusing on an end result will provide a clear direction that can significantly reduce anxiousness and worrying. Regulating stress becomes easier once you discover these negative habits, and replace them with positive ones. Suddenly, the temporary fix of marijuana is not needed. This is because the individual’s entire way of thinking changes– allowing them to successfully manage their stress level.
If you are stuck in a never-ending pattern of overthinking, are stressed or using temporary bandages to manage your stress, contact Yarcort today to see how we can work together to help you find a permanent way of thinking that will last a lifetime.
Author: Crystal Lynn
Editor: Judy Conti
Graphics: Casey Salvato