Sunday, May 26, 2013

Don’t worry, be happy: Tips to relieve anxiety

Don’t worry, be happy: Tips to relieve anxiety
Anxiety can often be crippling. The next time you are anxious, find relief with these techniques.

Drive away you anxieties!
Anxiety and worry can lend a helping hand if it can spur you to action. But if you’re constantly anxious — it can be a difficult problem — as it will become a hindrance to everyday life rather than motivate you to do better. It can sap you off all your energy, leaving you feeling powerless.
Self-help techniques for anxiety relief:
The next time you find yourself in that place, here’s what you can do to jump out of there.
Breathe: That’s the best thing you can do to slow down. Take a few minutes, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale slowly through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds and breathe out slowly through your mouth. Do this at least 4-5 times and you’ll instantly feel relaxed.
Put your thoughts down: When you’re anxious or worried, your mind is clogged with numerous ‘what ifs’ and worst-case scenarios. Putting them down brings about clarity and also provides a safe place to vent out.
Don’t worry, be happy: Tips to relieve anxiety
Anxiety can often be crippling. The next time you are anxious, find relief with these techniques.

Drive away you anxieties!
Anxiety and worry can lend a helping hand if it can spur you to action. But if you’re constantly anxious — it can be a difficult problem — as it will become a hindrance to everyday life rather than motivate you to do better. It can sap you off all your energy, leaving you feeling powerless.
Self-help techniques for anxiety relief:
The next time you find yourself in that place, here’s what you can do to jump out of there.
Breathe: That’s the best thing you can do to slow down. Take a few minutes, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale slowly through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds and breathe out slowly through your mouth. Do this at least 4-5 times and you’ll instantly feel relaxed.
Put your thoughts down: When you’re anxious or worried, your mind is clogged with numerous ‘what ifs’ and worst-case scenarios. Putting them down brings about clarity and also provides a safe place to vent out.
Take a hot bath: A hot bath can be very soothing. Add some bath salt and just soak in. If you can, light some aromatic candles, play some ambient music and create your own safe get-away place in your bathroom. If you don’t have a bath tub, you can still light some candles, play music and take a hot shower. Visualise the water washing away all you worries and anxieties, this exercise is known to be very effective.
Stay away from caffeine: Tough one, isn’t it? Caffeine being a stimulant can further propel anxiety and worries. So steer away from coffee and black tea and do yourself a favour.
Sip on herbal teas: Alternatively, try some soothing teas. Rose tea, green tea, chamomile or other such herbal teas can be very helpful when you’re worried. They can help calm you down and soothe your worries.
Bite into a chocolate: Chocolate releases feel-good chemicals that make you happy, one of them called phenylethylamine, is released when you fall in love. So they next time you feel you’re down in the dumps with worries and anxiety, bite into a piece of yummy chocolate for some instant relief. Don’t make it a habit though and make sure you address the cause of that anxiety once you’re calm.
Try visualisation: This technique is hailed as an effective means of stress relief. So when you’re feeling anxious, close your eyes and try a guided imagery. First breathe deeply and relax.
Here’s one visualisation you could try: 
§  Picture a serene setting such as a clear blue sky, grass fields, an angular tree, and a soft stream.
§  Imagine yourself sitting there.
§  Go over all the things that are worrying you.
§  Feel the height of emotions you’re experiencing.
§  Imagine throwing away each worry into the stream. See it dissolve in the water.
§  Once you’re done discarding each of those worries you have, imagine walking over to the stream.
§  Take a dip in that stream of fresh, cool water… Watch any residual worry wash away.
§  Walk back, and visualise the glowing sun dry you.
§  Come back to reality and rest for a bit before you jump into anything else.
Go for a walk: A ten-minute walk can be very relaxing. Concentrate on your breathing while you’re at it. And try and stay mindful.
Aroma therapy: Certain fragrances can be emotionally uplifting. Light an incense stick, or a scented candle. If not that, you can also put a few drops of your favourite scent onto as napkin and take a whiff. Choose between lavender, jasmine and rose, as they are known to be relaxants. Now go, calm yourself with a soothing fragrance.
 Take a hot bath: A hot bath can be very soothing. Add some bath salt and just soak in. If you can, light some aromatic candles, play some ambient music and create your own safe get-away place in your bathroom. If you don’t have a bath tub, you can still light some candles, play music and take a hot shower. Visualise the water washing away all you worries and anxieties, this exercise is known to be very effective.
Stay away from caffeine: Tough one, isn’t it? Caffeine being a stimulant can further propel anxiety and worries. So steer away from coffee and black tea and do yourself a favour.
Sip on herbal teas: Alternatively, try some soothing teas. Rose tea, green tea, chamomile or other such herbal teas can be very helpful when you’re worried. They can help calm you down and soothe your worries.
Bite into a chocolate: Chocolate releases feel-good chemicals that make you happy, one of them called phenylethylamine, is released when you fall in love. So they next time you feel you’re down in the dumps with worries and anxiety, bite into a piece of yummy chocolate for some instant relief. Don’t make it a habit though and make sure you address the cause of that anxiety once you’re calm.
Try visualisation: This technique is hailed as an effective means of stress relief. So when you’re feeling anxious, close your eyes and try a guided imagery. First breathe deeply and relax.
Here’s one visualisation you could try: 
§  Picture a serene setting such as a clear blue sky, grass fields, an angular tree, and a soft stream.
§  Imagine yourself sitting there.
§  Go over all the things that are worrying you.
§  Feel the height of emotions you’re experiencing.
§  Imagine throwing away each worry into the stream. See it dissolve in the water.
§  Once you’re done discarding each of those worries you have, imagine walking over to the stream.
§  Take a dip in that stream of fresh, cool water… Watch any residual worry wash away.
§  Walk back, and visualise the glowing sun dry you.
§  Come back to reality and rest for a bit before you jump into anything else.
Go for a walk: A ten-minute walk can be very relaxing. Concentrate on your breathing while you’re at it. And try and stay mindful.
Aroma therapy: Certain fragrances can be emotionally uplifting. Light an incense stick, or a scented candle. If not that, you can also put a few drops of your favourite scent onto as napkin and take a whiff. Choose between lavender, jasmine and rose, as they are known to be relaxants. Now go, calm yourself with a soothing fragrance.


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