Anxieties sometimes take control of our thought, feelings, and behavior. They may put undue influence on the way we perceive things. They may become so deeply ingrained in the way we think and behave that we cannot function as effectively as we usually do.
This is what we have to observe. It is important to keep our anxieties at a manageable level. We should not allow them to reach the extent that they cause us to fall prey to physical and emotional ailments.
We can easily recognize when we are about to have a panic attack. It becomes difficult to breathe. We get all clammy from fear. We feel queasy and nauseous. We feel a really bad headache coming on.
What do we do when we start to notice these signs? This is the time when we should launch relaxation techniques for anxiety. Keeping in mind that anxieties cannot exert adverse influence over us unless we allow them to, we can counteract the anxiety symptoms by consciously going against them through relaxation.
The following are some strategies meant to result in a tranquil and serene disposition — the complete opposite of an anxious state of mind.
• Ease into a relaxed frame of mind by making a conscious effort to inhale and exhale slowly and deeply. Use your diaphragm to achieve this quality of breathing in and out. Take deep breaths through your nose, hold them in, then gradually and leisurely release them by exhaling through your mouth.
• Laughter is the best medicine. This can be true also for panic attacks. It clears the mind. It drives home the point that life can be fun. It releases good hormones — those that make us feel happy and content. Tickle your funny bones with a humorous movie or television show, read the funnies in your daily newspapers, listen to jokes, spend time with your friends being silly once in a while. All of these activities go a long way to making you see things in perspective and make you less anxious about life in general.
• Take time out to do yoga or meditation. Both of these put you in a serene mode – stilling the loud, obnoxious, repetitive sound of anxious thoughts. Yoga is a medium which enables you to pay attention to your breathing while doing poses which serve to make the body flexible and encourage healthy blood circulation –all serving to bring the body and mind to a relaxed plane. Meditation teaches you to clear your mind and think positive thoughts.
• Break things down. Sometimes we feel snowed under by our problems because we have the tendency to lump them together. When we do this, we tend to become overwhelmed by them. The problems seem just too big, too difficult, too much for us to handle. However, when we take the right perspective by looking at the problems one at a time, they do not seem that difficult at all.
• Smokeless. Drink less alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine bring an adrenaline rush, very counter-productive to achieving the relaxed demeanor that we are aspiring for. Too much alcohol and caffeine can even cause you to palpitate, the very anxiety-related thing that you are trying to overcome.
• Ventilate your feelings. Sometimes the mere act of talking about our problems with people dear to our hearts has the beneficial effect of making the problems disappear or seem manageable, at the very least. It does not pay to bottle up things. They tend to fester and cause more problems.
Try out these relaxation techniques for anxiety and expect to gain control over your problems.2016-08-19