Stress and anxiety have become a part of our lives and are intruding more and more everyday through various means. Recently, pandemic and its surge with continuation have increased anxiety and made it difficult for everyone to even step out of our home. If there is uncontrolled worry, fatigue, problems in concentrating on work, irritability and you are feeling restless then the anxiety is surely keeping up with you.
Considering all these symptoms, here are some best ways to reduce anxiety and if done regularly, can eliminate the symptoms clearly.
Ways To Relax Immediately
1.Remember To Breathe Often
If you are reading and scrolling through this blog, stop there and take a deep breath now. Keep your back straight, sit and breathe through your nose. Keep breathing until you count to three slowly. Now hold there for another three seconds and exhale slowly. This particular exercise keeps your blood pressure as well as heart rate at optimum pace. Remember to practice this exercise often and keep the anxiety away from yourself.
2.Relaxing Through Visual Method
Have you ever realized that visualizing a happy place can make a lot of difference? If not then try visualizing yourself in a place. For example, walking by the sea or in the shadow of canopies with chirping birds. Go through the details in your mind and keep breathing peacefully along. If you have made it a safe place then visit this place whenever you feel anxious.
3.Interrupt Your Anxious Thinking
Usually this anxiety keeps bothering you when you keep thinking problematic thoughts again and cannot stop it. To ease it out, you just need to interrupt the thought process. For this, try methods like:
- Singing your favorite or any silly song out loud
- Thinking a nice thought, person or a happy place to look forward
- Reading a nice book or listening to soothing and peaceful music
- Keeping your conscious ready and upbeat so that if focus shifts to the other side then it will only help you regain it back.
4.Do The Counting
Believe it or not, counting is one of the most subtle ways of easing the anxiety. For this, sit in a comfortable place, close your eyes and count from 1 to 10. Repeat the same and now count to 20. That’s how you increase the count until you feel that anxiety is subsiding. Sometimes it is easy to achieve anxiety after this but sometimes it takes a few minutes.
5.Relax The Muscles
Anxiety and stress cause stress in the muscles and it makes everything difficult to manage at the moment. In order to relax your muscles, follow the steps one by one below.
Step 1: Go and sit in a peaceful place with a relaxed mind.
Step 2: Make a tight fist with your hand and squeeze it for sometime.
Step 3: You will notice the tension building up in the hand here. Now open your fist slowly and notice the tensions moving away from your hand.
Step 4: In the same way, try tensing different muscle groups and releasing them one by one.
However, you have to make sure that you don’t tense and ease the muscle group of injured or painful areas or else the pain only aggravates.
Meditation is capable of reducing anxiety and a number of other psychological stresses. If you are new to mediation then you can work it out with guided meditation strategy. If you are already aware then you must include it in your everyday routine. You can also start your focus with closing your eyes and reciting either a mantra or chanting OM.
7.Engage in Creativity
If there is a creative streak within you or your nature is artistic then you can certainly feel relaxed with any activity. Engage in drawing, sketching or coloring the mandalas which are beautiful ways to release the tension from within. With that, keep writing gratitude journals everyday or at least twice a week where you can express your feelings and thankfulness to others.
Consider lighting a scented candle beside you. Have lavender, rose, sandalwood, neroli or geranium as scents to treat your mood. Aromatherapy is capable of calming and satiating your soul
We hope that you have found ways to reduce anxiety and immediately relax when you are stressed already. If you feel that you need more help with us, let us know. Which method would help you the best out of all we have explained, share it with us in the comments below. We highly recommend you to try meditation on an everyday basis and include exercise in your everyday life so that no stress ever touches you or blocks your way. Keep yourself happy and stay mentally healthy.