Stress and gambling addiction are linked and stress may make a gambling problem worse, but on the other hand, the problems caused by out of control gambling can also cause stress. It is a little like the old saying, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"
For many gamblers which problem came first is no longer an issue. Getting help and stopping the vicious cycle is what they need. Anything that helps to control either factor will have a positive affect on their lives and that will help to ease the strain and problems of both.
Though there are some medicines that are showing some promise for people with gambling problems, right now there is no miracle cure for this disease that affects millions of people and ruins thousands of lives every year. There is a cure for stress, however, and since it has been shown to be a major contributor to the problem, it is a good idea for anyone suffering from gambling addiction to treat the stress. The cure is relaxation.
Relaxation can come in many forms and depends upon the perception of the individual as much as the method. For some people, a hobby that diverts the mind can be relaxing. Other people find hard physical exercise like extreme sports to be relaxing. Physical exercise can burn off tension and create endorphins (the physiological cause of “runner's high"). Naturally, everyone can't engage in extreme sports, but other activities like yoga have also been found to relax and tone the body.
Meditation has been an integral part of yoga and is used extensively throughout the world for self maintenance and spiritual practice. Whether for spiritual goals or just to relax and focus the mind, millions meditate as a regular part of their daily schedule. The beauty of meditation is that it can be done by anyone and just about anywhere and at any time. It is quite simple to do and impossible to fail at because it is a unique and personal experience for each person. There are guided meditations that teach how to meditate and guide you into meditation in just a few minutes. Some may even be used online or downloaded from the internet as MP3 or sound files.
Studies have shown that as little as 15 minutes of meditation daily can help to increase mental focus and relax the body. Lower blood pressure, an indication of successful relaxation, is one of the many benefits of regular meditation. For many people who have struggled with the urge to gamble to excess, stopping was the only answer. Many of them found that regular meditation was a healthy step toward their recovery and helped them to stop their gambling problems.
Guided meditations for gambling problems and may be listened to or downloaded at http://gamblingproblems.homestead.com for gambling problems relief. The therapist may also be contacted by email there to answer questions free of charge.
Wil Langford, R. Hy. , is a 54 yr. old. Clinical Hypnotherapist, Integrated Energy Therapist, and teacher. He is the author of, “Your Loved Ones, Your Self; finding and Raising the Family Within. "
With hundreds of hours of clinical work, Wil is an expert on finding the keys to change unwanted behavior. His guided meditations for relaxation and habit control have helped many people to find happiness and change their lives for the better.
He is an expert on human consciousness and the author of Parts Consciousness Therapy.