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Anxiety self help methods are a valuable addition to most people's self-care "tool box." Anxiety is such a common affliction, from occasional cases of tension and stress to full-blown anxiety disorders. Whether for you, a client or someone you love, it's smart to have some helpful tricks up your sleeve.
Some of the signs of anxiety are worrying a lot, finding it hard or impossible to relax, having physical symptoms such as difficulty sleeping or concentrating, feeling persistently tired or achy, or feeling light-headed, out of breath and irritable.
Everyone worries sometimes, but some people worry all the time. Severe stress and anxiety like this can interfere with daily life, including work, school, sleep and family life. It can make you miserable all day long and have serious consequences for your health.
If this common disorder is having a severe impact on your life, you should seek professional help. However, anxiety self help methods such as energy healing and mind-body techniques can also be helpful for mild, occasional symptoms, or as a complement to professional medical or psychological help
When we're anxious, the energy field usually feels spiky, zingy or jagged. Energy work can be profoundly relaxing and can significantly help relieve tense, jagged energy.
Simple techniques that smooth the field can help a lot to restore a sense of peace and harmony, relieving the edgy suffering that stress and anxiety bring.
Balancing the first chakra will help to re-build a basic sense of safety and security. Balancing the third chakra will restore self-confidence in the ability to deal with life and its uncertainty.
Stress and anxiety disrupt the rhythm and flow of your body and energy. Breathwork (see below) helps to re-establish harmony and flow to your energy field.
Basic grounding is also an important technique. Connecting to the earth helps to stabilize and modulate the jittery, unstable energy of anxiety.
Breathing is a bridge between the physical and subtle worlds. Breathing
optimally can have a huge impact on your mind-body health, and is
especially helpful for tension, stress and anxiety. If you do
nothing else, learn to breathe optimally and make it a daily practice of
at least 10 or 15 minutes. It has many other health and energetic
benefits as well as calming the nervous system. Breathing techniques for anxiety can be extremely effective.
If you want to go farther -- and I recommend that you do -- I suggest Gay Hendricks "The Breathing Box: Four Weeks to Healthy Breathing", a kit that includes a 90-minute DVD, a CD, and illustrated cards.
Once again, you can hardly go wrong using meditation as a natural anxiety remedy. It quiets most peoples' minds, and has no down side. You can learn some basic meditation techniques here.
Exercise is an essential element of anxiety self help. Walking is great because it's easy, free, safe for everyone, does myriad good things for your health, and energetically works to balance left and right.
Get outdoors! Nature is a great healer and balancer for the energy field.
The Relaxation Company (founded by pioneering sound healer Dr. Jeffrey Thomas), has a variety of CDs using brain wave entrainment technology to help you relax. High quality music or nature sounds have alpha brain waves (the frequency that the brain produces in a relaxed state) inaudibly embedded behind them. I use them a lot in my practice and at home -- they really work.
Aromatherapy, a form of vibrational medicine, can help to soothe the body/mind/energy at a deep level.
Go deeper and learn about more essential oils that help with stress and anxiety, plus some personally tested recipes that smell divine and really work.
I highly recommend you discuss forms of natural anxiety remedy with a naturopath, if you haven't already. In the meantime, do the obvious things and cut out stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. Avoid alcohol, as it can make things worse. The Mayo Clinic also suggests that you avoid fatty, sugary and processed foods, and include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins.
I recommend you look at Daniel Amen's book, Change Your Brain, Change
Your Life. You might also want to look at Mark Hyman's book, The
Ultramind Solution. Both have interesting and potentially useful things to say about natural anxiety relief techniques.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder can include the following:
If you think you have a disorder, you should seek professional anxiety treatment from a doctor or mental health professional. Don't wait. Anxiety is miserable, and I encourage you to treat yourself with compassion and get help if you need it.