TOP 10 ANXIETY RELIEF TECHNIQUES
Many of us are looking for anxiety relief techniques that are natural and holistic because more and more people are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. Google searches for anxiety have more than doubled in just the past eight years! Many people are looking for anxiety relief techniques that work. I will share with you my top 10 here (they are all super easy!)
The quickest and easiest anxiety relief techniques are with the breath. Our breath is always with us, no fancy tools or appointments necessary.
When I did a Google search on “meditation and anxiety”, I instantly got back more than 30 million results! Even if you have still been holding back, give it a try! You only have your stress and anxiety to lose! There are many free meditation apps available. Some of my favorite are Insight Timer (free), Calm and Headspace. CLICK HERE for a free 5 minute guided meditation from me.
SHAKE IT OFF!
Whether you are a fan or one of her “haters”, do like Taylor Swift sings and “Shake it Off!” It’s a catchy tune and there’s actually some great wisdom in it. Animals in nature naturally do this. When a gazelle is being chased by a lion or a bunny being chased by a coyote, they kick into fight or flight mode and go into hyper drive. Once they reach safety, they shake it off, resetting their nervous system. The next time you start to feel anxious, get up and shake it off and notice how much better you feel!
Even if you’ve never taken a yoga class or think yoga is only for other people, you can do this simple yoga pose.
You will LOVE the benefits of “Legs Up The Wall”:
- calming and restorative
- gently stretches the spine
- relieves tired feet, legs, and lower back pain
- stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system
How to do “Legs Up The Wall”:
- Sit at with wall with your right hip against the wall
- Lower down to your left shoulder as you swing your legs up the wall and shimmy and re-center your body (your buttocks may or may not be touching the wall).
- Legs can be somewhat relaxed, keep just enough tension in legs to hold them up.
- Close your eyes and breathe!
(This is a great pose to do at night for a restful night’s sleep)
STOP THE “WHAT IF” TRAIN
Have you ever found yourself thinking “what if….what if…what if…”? , going through the awful list of what might (or might not) happen? Years ago, when I would fall into that trap, my husband would tell me to stop, because only about 10% would actually happen and that I was just wasting energy. I didn’t find it particularly helpful, but it turns out he was actually right. A study actually proved that 85% of what research participants worried about never happened!
The next time you start on the “What if…” train, try this: put two tiny letters in front of it: SO. Instead of “what if….”, say “so what if…” and notice what happens-how it takes some of the worry power out of it. With practice, over time, you may find yourself worrying less and enjoying life more!
Many times when we are feeling anxious and stressed, we feel paralyzed by it and freeze. Many studies have proven that one of the best anxiety relief techniques is some form of exercise.
If you have no exercise routine already in place, simply start where you are. The possibilities are endless – what’s important is that you get up and move! Like all of these suggestions, the more you practice, the greater the benefits.
LISTEN TO MUSIC
Have you ever been driving home from a stressful day at work, turn on the radio and hear your favorite song? Suddenly your body starts to relax and maybe you smile, the stress and anxiety floating out the window. There have been numerous studies proving that music can help lower stress and anxiety levels. When you want to learn how to reduce stress by listening to music, it doesn’t matter what type it is. What’s important is that you listen to music YOU love.
When you are trying to find how to reduce stress, the answer could be as close as your fingertips (or tablet). Whether you read fiction or non-fiction, reading is a great way to distract your mind away from what is causing your stress and anxiety. A study from 2009 showed that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%!
PET YOUR PET
You may be noticing more and more people with their dogs in stores and on airplanes. Many people turn to emotional support animals for how to reduce stress and anxiety. While this may seem like a new “fad”, Animal Assisted Therapy actually goes back to the 1950’s. Animals have been brought into hospitals and nursing homes for decades because it has been proven that they provide comfort.
No, not that kind of drink! Hot or cold, there are infinite choices to help you find how to reduce stress and anxiety.
Water is my #1 go to suggestion for a healthy drink to help reduce stress and anxiety. When we are dehydrated, our cortisol (stress levels) go up and we don’t want that! Water helps flush out the toxins that build up in our systems. Just like I suggest practicing these other strategies throughout the day, I recommend drinking water all through the day.
Smoothies are all the rage today, so whether you go to your local smoothie bar, or make it yourself, you can find great tasting smoothies that can help you lower your stress levels. I Googled “smoothies to lower stress” and got back 579,000 results, so I’m sure you can find some great recipes.
Green tea is one of my favorite drinks to help manage stress and anxiety!
ANXIETY RELIEF TECHNIQUES NEXT STEPS
Whichever of these anxiety relief techniques you decide to try, please don’t just “try”. Like the Nike swoosh says “Just Do It”. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. What you’ve been doing hasn’t been working and it’s time to do things differently!
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