After a while you may not even be sure what sets it off, but you know it when it strikes. Your heart beats madly, you begin to sweat, and for many they feel as if they are going to die.
When anxiety strikes it may feel as if you are out of control, but a few simple, stress relief exercises are all it will take to get you back in balance. In this article I present three such stress relief techniques that you can use to take back control. Give them a try, and then post a comment letting us all know how successful they have worked for you.
Whatever the cause, when you are feeling that overwhelming anxiety it is because your body has sensed danger and has gone into “flight or fight” mode. When this happens the majority of the blood leaves your brain and travels to your extremities so that they have what it takes to fight or run. Additionally, all “non essential” body functions are shut down or put into emergency mode so that you have more energy for the fight.
Key to counteracting the anxiety is interrupting and reversing these activities. If the blood doesn’t drain from your head then the anxious feeling can not be maintained. It really is that simple.
So, what do you do?
1) Run cool water over your pulse points , specifically on your wrists and/or the back of your neck. This slows things down and cools things off. The pounding in your heart slows and steadies, and the dizziness resulting from the mad rush clears.
2) Place your thumbs on your temples and your fingers on the ridge about an inch above your eyes. This position will force the blood to come back to your head, clearing your thoughts and settling your moods. It is best to be sitting when holding this position, the return of oxygenated blood to your brain can sometimes leave you feeling a little dizzy for a few moments.
As described in Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine Kit, it is not necessary, when in this position, to try and stop the flow of anxious thoughts that accompanied the attack. In fact, while holding this position and thinking those thoughts, you are neutralizing their ability to shift you into an anxious state.
3) Change the way you are holding your body. Stand, feet hip distance apart, knees relaxed. Relax and lower your shoulders, reach your hands into the air, fingers spread. Look to the heavens and smile.
Don’t ask me why, but this position tells your body to release some serious feel good chemicals, that in turn get you feeling really good.
So, what are you waiting for? Raise those arms, smile, and watch as the world becomes a wonderful place to be.
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Cyndi Krupp has spent the last ten years in study, meditation, contemplation and prayer and the more she learns the more she realizes she hasn’t yet begun to scratch the surface. Through her work putting together the weekly Evolution Ezine she intends to bring to the world community as many different approaches to Living Our Highest Best Life that she can.
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