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7 Relaxation Techniques For Anxiety

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7 Relaxation Techniques For Anxiety

Anxiety is a powerful and strong emotion that can wreck havoc on someone's life. Anxiety comes in many forms and can be caused by a variety of things. Anxiety can be both a chemical and environmental problem. In some people their anxiety comes from their body's natural chemistry. Chemical imbalances in the brain can result in uncontrolled anxiety in one's life even when everything is going perfect. In most cases though anxiety is a result of their surroundings.

Relaxation Techniques For Anxiety

Dealing with this without the help of a doctor can be a daunting task that seems hopeless. However, there are 7 powerful relaxation techniques that can be used to treat anxiety no matter what the cause.

1. Exercise

Exercise is by far the most powerful relaxation technique for anxiety. Chances are you have probably heard this tip before and for good reason. When you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins which create a natural high induced to relieve anxiety. Exercising is not only healthy for the body, but incredibly healthy for the mind as well. Exercise is a huge part of mental health and can be incredibly potent in alleviating anxiety in almost everyone.

2. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is one of the most effective ways to reduce anxiety immediately. Deep breathing is very effective and works for everyone. When you take deep breaths you are giving your brain a huge boost of oxygen. This huge boost of oxygen initiates a chain effect of chemical reactions in the brain which ultimately leads to a huge reduction in anxiety.

3. Meditation

Most people think of meditation as a spiritual technique. This could not be further from the truth. Meditation is incredibly effective at reducing anxiety and stress. Meditation is considered to be one of the most peaceful and tranquilizing activities that one could do. Meditation helps to control the racing thoughts that are typical of someone who suffers from moderate-to-high anxiety. Over time this just continues to get more effective as the user learns a higher degree of mental self-control. This allows them to stop the negative thoughts that cause them to panic and anxiety much easier.

4. Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation is one of the new and exciting anti-anxiety remedies out there now. It works by alternatively relaxing and contracting muscles throughout the body. With progressive muscle relaxation you tense your muscles for approximately 10 seconds and then release for 20 before moving to a different muscle group. After the 10 seconds of tensing the user relaxes the muscles. After the relaxing of the muscles a warm sensation and heaviness enters the muscles for the remaining 20 seconds. This warm sensation and heaviness results in a state of mental relaxation for the brain.

5. Audio-Therapy

Few people think of audio therapy when trying to think of a solution to their anxiety problem. However, it has been proven that listening to soothing music has a potent effect in alleviating anxiety. Audio therapy is often used to help people fall asleep easier, reduce anxiety, and fill better overall. This is definitely a technique that cannot be overlooked. There is a reason there is a huge market for this. It works very well when using slower paced music. However, the music needs to be pleasing or this technique will not work.

6. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been a highly reputed anti-anxiety remedy for quite some time. The reason is because it simply works. When we smell something good it triggers chemical reactions in the brain that cause it to release chemicals that enhance mood. This has been proven in thousands of clinical studies. Aromatherapy for anti-anxiety is most effective when using all natural essential oils. You should be able to get these at any organic health store. The people who work at these places get questions every day about which essential oils are best for anxiety. I highly recommend asking someone who works at your local organic health store which oils they recommend. They will definitely know the answer to your question.

7. Over The Counter Anti-Anxiety Supplements

When all else fails you should try some over the counter anti-anxiety supplements. Almost every grocery store and drug store in the world carries these supplements. Over the counter anti-anxiety supplements can be used in conjunction with the techniques listed above for further relief. Everyone is different and for some people certain techniques will work better for them and others. In order to find what works best for you try each method listed.

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