One of the common practices in Buddhist culture for attaining an enlightened state of mental being is through daily meditation. This focused, deliberate mediation practice eventually allows the practitioner to achieve a level of mental clarity that is increasingly fleeting in our modern, constant stimulus culture.
As someone who knows nothing about the art of meditation, I’m not going to attempt to guide you to nirvana via that particular medium. However, I am a very strong proponent of the healing properties of barbell therapy. One easily overlooked benefits of strength training is the uncluttered and undistracted state of mind that comes from hard training.
I know of few other things that can clear my head and narrow my focus than a heavy set of squats, running sprints, or doing a tough WOD. When you are under that bar or in the throes of a smoker of a workout, any superfluous thought unrelated to enduring the immediate task at hand immediately disappears from your mind. This is just another compelling reason to keep working out even during periods of high stress. Dial back the duration and intensity if you have to, but the last thing you want to abandon when feeling the strain of work/financial/life demands is your physical training routine.
Do not underestimate the value of providing yourself with a potent daily distraction and mental and physical stress release. The only self-medication you need is some quality barbell therapy to cure what ails ya!