Relaxation Techniques For Anxiety Relief

by Paul Dylan - Date: 2007-03-15 - Word Count: 461 Share This!

Problems with anxiety are increasingly common; however, anxiety relief can be achieved through all natural solutions such as relaxation techniques.

One of the best benefits about relaxation techniques is that they can be used in any location and at any time in order to combat the symptoms most commonly associated with anxiety. These symptoms may include:

Difficulty breathingFeeling as though you can't get enough airRacing heartbeatFeeling dizzy, lightheadedExperiencing a feeling of dread,NauseaTrembling, shaking or sweatingFeeling nervousFeeling extremely stressedExperiencing a sense of paralyzing fearHot flashesSudden chillsChoking sensationChest painsTingling in the fingers or toesA fear that you are dying or going crazyIt is important to understand that relaxation techniques work best when used over time. Generally, they will not provide instantaneous anxiety relief for symptoms. This is why it is important to use them on a regular basis. Ideally, in fact, the practice of relaxation techniques should become part of your daily life. In addition, most people find that these techniques work best when you make a point of practicing them when you are feeling calm and not stressed.

There are several types of relaxation techniques that can be used in order to combat the effects of both stress and anxiety. These techniques are actually quite simple and easy to utilize; requiring very little time. This makes it very convenient to use them at any time during the day, for even five minutes at a time, in order to help you feel calmer and more relaxed.

The use of relaxation techniques provide a number of important advantages, besides helping you to feel less stressed. For example, these techniques can help to lower your blood pressure, which can decrease your chances of having a heart attack. By reducing your stress levels your immune system will also experience a great improvement as well as your sleep patterns.

Progressive muscle relaxation can be a very helpful technique to utilize. It works by slowly tensing and releasing each muscle group individually. To practice this technique, begin with your toes and then work your way slowly up the body, ending with the muscle group in the head.

Deep breathing exercises is an excellent technique to utilize when you are feeling stressed and anxious. This technique is very portable and can be used anywhere. To begin this exercise, you can either sit or stand up straight. Next, inhale through your nose, expanding the diaphragm. Hold the breath briefly and then slowly exhale through the mouth. You may also find it helpful to repeat a statement such as "I am relaxed and calm" to yourself while exhaling.

Visualization also works quite well. This can be a very individualistic experience. The best guideline to keep in mind is to focus on something calm, soothing and relaxing.

Using the relaxation techniques described above can help you to achieve anxiety relief

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