How To Relax (Right Now!)

We will discuss here methods for anxiety sufferers on how to relax. Having an anxiety disorder makes it very difficult to relax, especially if you are in tense environments.

And the worse thing is we tend to use wrong cards to ease tension during anxious moments. We resort to not-so-effective methods or to methods that are not appropriate to the situation that tends to create more anxiety instead.

Here are the no-brainer methods to try to help you relax. Even those without anxiety problems can find these tips handy to use during stressful moments. Here they are:

Do deep breathing properly

We will not mince words saying that deep breathing does wonders to help us better handle anxiety. When we are anxious, breathing tends to get shallow and rapid and involuntarily use shoulder muscles instead of normally the diaphragm. This breathing pattern is bad because shallow breaths do not deliver oxygen to the vital organs in times it is needed most.

Break this pattern by engaging in deep breathing. To do a deep breathing properly, first raise your rib cage (to expand lung capacity), then slowly inhale deeply in the nose then exhale – try to make sure that the abdomen and chest remains still during exhalation (place your hands on your chest and stomach and make them level to make this easier). Try several times. It will take practice but this technique delivers maximum amount of air into the lungs, hence more oxygen in the bloodstream. This is the first thing to do when anxiety strikes.

Discard anti-anxiety methods that do not work

We see literally hundreds of anti-anxiety methods, and surely we have tried at least ten of them. Obviously, not all of them work for us. If that particular method does not work for your anxiety, simply discard it and you’ll have less baggage to carry. Don’t rely on yoga or meditation for emergency anxiety situations; they are very awkward and probably inappropriate to do in school or at work.

Timeouts

Like deep breathing, timeouts can also do wonders to help deal with anxiety. Plus, it is more appropriate to do in tense moments at school or work compared to yoga. To do it properly, pause for a moment by going to your cubicle or restroom, do proper deep breathing then figure out what’s bothering you and objectively think ways how to deal with it; this will only take 2 to 5 minutes. This will help you disconnect from the source of tension and help you think rationally.

Don’t be afraid to seek help from a friend

Share your feelings to significant other, parents, sibling or a friend, if they’re readily available. You can talk to them, or call them by phone, and share your thoughts and feelings. Make sure to seek help from persons that truly cares for you, like a close friend or a parent. This will help remove some burden from your shoulder.

The best tip: if it’s possible, try to get yourself out of a stressful situation

Most of the times, we have the option to remove ourselves from anxiety-provoking situations. It’s perfectly okay to do an exit if possible, because there is no point of letting yourself exposed to anxiety all the time; save it for worse situations instead.

Find more tips how to relax here at NATURAL ANXIETY REMEDIES.

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