Anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear that normally apprehends you before you confront something that you consider challenging; for instance, an interview, test or examination.
Having such feelings is considered to be normal and a part of life. Actually, anxiety in moderation is actually good as it enables you to be focused, stay alert, and to be able to handle situations head on.
The problem comes in when these feelings make you unable to sleep or otherwise function normally. Most of case anxiety disorder increase the risk of depression also.
This means that anxiety is seen to be out of hand when feelings such as worry or fear do not subside and continue to exist even without any particular cause or reason.
Relaxation Techniques for Anxiety
Relaxation is an incredibly effective way of dealing with anxiety, and it applies to all groups of people. It allows the body to activate its natural response to combat stressors
Relaxation comes in many forms and depends on what works best for you. Some of the relaxation techniques that have been proven to beat back anxiety are:
- Relaxation exercises such as muscle relaxation and deep breathing
Physical activities like yoga There is a common belief among many people that relaxation involves sitting idle and or doing something you enjoy, like watching a movie or sleeping. No, relaxation is a task that needs concentration and energy input. Its sole purpose is to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.
If your definition of relaxation doesn’t meet this goal, then it is far from relaxation. Relaxation achieves this by putting your body to a state of deep rest and restores normalcy such as slowing the heart rate, reducing blood pressure, improve blood circulation and, most importantly, checking stress and anxiety.
Activities that involve relaxation are those that touch on the most affected organs like the heart, blood vessels, and those in the breathing system. Try things like muscular exercises, meditation, yoga, and deep breathing.
Most of these exercises are a form of self-treatment, so you don’t need a professional to do them. However, they are quite demanding and require a lot of discipline. If you are the type that needs to be pushed, you might consider looking for a professional therapist to help you do the exercises.
The word ‘professional’ is key because not anybody can make you do things that make you uncomfortable, especially if you’re an adult. You need someone that will be hard and a little harsh on you. Also, people have diverse systems that respond differently to changes.
If one or two of these exercises don’t work for you, look for one that you are comfortable doing and is compatible with your system. You don’t have to kill yourself trying to make a particular technique work even you can see that it is not working.
Furthermore, all these techniques have been proven to lead to the same results, which is slowing down stress and anxiety. Just don’t be too lazy to give a particular technique trial and error period before giving up on it entirely. Remember things take time; you need to give your body a chance to get used to these changes.
You will get used to those exercises in no time, and they will become a habit. There is a thin line between relaxation exercises and meditation exercises. The main difference being that relaxation exercises engage various parts of the physical body while meditation engages the brain.
The similarity between them is that they both put the entire body and mind in a state of rest to relief affected parts and organs from stress and anxiety. Both exercises are carried out in systematic steps to the end.
Skipping one step will likely jeopardize the whole process. If you are not sure about these steps and the order in which they are done, it is advisable that you seek the help of a therapist who will take you through each step.
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Why Are We So Anxious?
How did this happen? You’re smart. You’re doing the best you can, trying to make something of your life. And then, all of a sudden, anxiety tries to ruin it all. It often starts out small. One event, one little thing where it rears its ugly head and shows you what it’s capable of.
Then, like any sane human being would, you think, “Well, I hope that doesn’t happen again” and the fear of the fear is born.
This attitude then sets a chain of events in motion where, through a slow process, anxiety will try to dominate your life more and more. Oftentimes there will be things you used to do without blinking that now make you lie awake at night weeks before the event. At that point, anxiety starts to overshadow everything.
If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 18% of the population suffers from anxiety-related issues, with or without panic attacks.
Many people who have contacted me over the years believed their anxiety was unique, that there was something wrong with them. I was no different.
It honestly even took me a long time finding out that it was anxiety disturbing me, for at first I simply believed there was a major, overlooked issue within my body.