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Simple Stress Relief Techniques by Cyndi

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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About the Author

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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12 Responses to “Simple Stress Relief Techniques by Cyndi”

  1. guillermo says:

    Pictures, please

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  2. John says:

    This is so useful, especially with school holidays coming up soon :)

    I will definitely try the thumbs on the temple idea when things get a bit much. Does this also help to calm you down when you experience an emotionally traumatic event?

    Thanks Cyndi

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  3. admin says:

    guillermo – I will work on getting pictures added – thanks for the suggestion.

    John – this technique works well whenever your body gets triggered to activate fight or flight. It can also help when feeling down or stressed. Remember – though – to be sitting when you work with it. If you have been living in a high state of stress it can be kind of a rush when the blood starts to flow back into the brain.

    Cyndi

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  4. John says:

    Cyndi, do you have to push hard?

    And do you apply more pressure to the temple or to the brow?

    :)

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  5. admin says:

    No – you don’t have to apply any pressure – just keep it comfortable – and keep breathing.

    Cyndi

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  6. guillermo says:

    WOW!
    Thank you very much!!
    Love you!

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  7. Tracy says:

    Thank you Cyndi. This is just what I needed to read today!

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  8. pam says:

    My dad keeps having panic attacks, no coincidence it’s since he lost his faith. He is obviously tromented, and now keeps having these attacks – so I can’t wait to show him tjhese techniques.

    Mnay many thanks.

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  9. Aditya Miglani says:

    It is nice to know that through basic study one realises that a solution is. What needs to be thought of as a better solution is a technique called Pranayam, which with practice is able to control stress.

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  10. Julia says:

    Thanks I’ll try these next time I have a Panic Attack.

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  11. Krys says:

    I am so happy and grateful to have found this technique (thumbs to the temple and fingers above the brow) for reducing stress. With one practice my blood pressure returned to normal levels. After another try, ten minutes later (along with visualization during measuring), I am in the excellent range. This is great! I will continue using this to see if it can be sustained over time. And relaxing the shoulders, then looking and reaching up to the sky with a smile feels wonderful as a follow up. I haven’t tried the cool water yet, but it sounds promising too.

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  12. Manuel Cortez says:

    Thank you Cyndi, great easy very relaxingand it feels Great!

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