I suggest using the following placebos, as needed:
1) Vitamin C supplements for colds, 500 mg every four to six hours;
2) Vitamin D supplements for depressed mood, 1000 units once a day (may be some clinical evidence in support);
3) Dark chocolate chips, a handful every 2-4 hours for stress, not to exceed one ounce daily;
4) Chamomile tea for anxiety and upset stomach (some actual clinical evidence);
5) Walking, 30 minutes a day or 10-15 minutes as needed for depression or anxiety (clinical evidence supports this).
As always, check with your doctor to see if there are reasons not to do any of these.
But the basic idea is: if you think you’re doing something good for yourself, then you are. I know lots of people who do vitamin C supplements for colds, vitamin D for depressed mood, especially in winter, and lots of people who do chocolate for stress– I suggest chocolate chips because it’s easy to take smaller amounts. The chamomile tea thing actually has clinical evidence, (and just stopping to take some time for yourself) as does walking (or yoga).
Let’s face it, in our rushed lives we all yearn for sudden, dramatic relief from our dilemmas, aches, traumas, etc. But doing the small good things on a regular basis can have a cumulatively large effect.