How to Relieve Anxiety
Exercise is so important in controlling your anxiety. There are numerous types
of exercises that help relieve anxiety symptoms. They include, breathing exercises, cardiovascular exercises, stretching exercises and positive affirmation exercises.
One of the main things that helps me when I am in the midst of an anxiety attack, is to stop what I am doing, take a deep breath, and start my deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing is essential to calming your racing heart.
This is what you do. Inhale for a count of 5, hold your breath for a count of 1 , and then exhale for a count of 5. Repeat this four or five times. It works wonders in slowing down your racing heart and it sends a calm relaxing feeling throughout your body. Try it right now! Feels great doesn’t it?
Here is a great video explaining this anxiety relief technique:
Another breathing exercise to relieve anxiety is deep breathing or abdominal breathing.
Lie down on the floor and place a rolled towel under your head and neck. Place one hand on your chest and one on your abdomen. Close your eyes and inhale deeply and then breath out slowly.
Concentrate on the rhythm of your breathing. Feel your hand on your stomach move with your breathing. Continue breathing in and out concentrating only on your breath and the movement of your abdomen.
Remain in this position for 10 minutes, but don’t fall asleep! Wow! what a great way to relax!
The second exercise I recommend to relieve anxiety is cardiovascular or aerobic because it relieves muscle tension and burns stress hormones.
Cardiovascular exercise also releases your endorphin hormones. I call them my “feel good” hormones because they help lift my mood and make me feel good.
Try these exercises for at least 20 minutes three times a week. Walk briskly in your neighborhood or in a park, swim, jump on a trampoline, ride bikes with your children, or go for a jog.
All of these exercises help discharge tension and reduce levels of stress-related hormones in your body.
The third exercise I recommend to relieve anxiety is stretching.
A gentle form of stretching can improve your posture and overall flexibility and relieve your body of stress related tension and muscle aches.
These exercises can be mentally soothing and thus great for controlling your anxiety.
Positive Affirmation Exercises
The final exercise I recommend to relieve anxiety is to use positive affirmations to change your thinking habits.
There is strong evidence that changing your thinking habits drastically helps control your anxiety. The trick is to learn new ways of thinking and develop a method for changing your old thinking patterns.
Our old thinking patterns allow anxiety to take over and hold our thoughts captive. Thus creating anxious thinking which eventually becomes a full blown anxiety attack. If we can change our thought patterns through positive affirmations, we can begin to alleviate our anxiety attacks.
Practice saying positive statements such as these to yourself so that when your mind starts to race, you can use these to counteract the anxiety attack.
- My feelings don’t make sense right now. I have control over my feelings and I can choose to overlook them.
These feelings can exist only if I allow them to.
- I can feel anxious and still focus on what I am doing in the moment.
- I have felt stressed like this before and I survived. I will survive now too.
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Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.
If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, or starting an exercise program, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.
If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling for symptoms to improve.