Millions of people around the world suffer from anxiety today. While there can be several underlying causes for anxiety, modern-day lifestyles and the competitiveness in the society might have exacerbated it. Thankfully, there are several ways in which one can relieve anxiety and live a more fulfilling life. Medication and meditation are effective ways of treating anxiety, but the former also comes with the caveat of potential side-effects. Relaxation techniques on the other hand focus on body’s natural ability to heal itself.
When anxiety becomes a constant fixture in our life, we learn to develop certain defense mechanisms to minimize its impact. However, some of these defense mechanisms also cause hindrances in our daily life. For example, somebody who feels some anxiety while driving might hesitate or become reluctant to the idea of going on a long drive, or for that matter say, an excursion. In a bid to avoid triggering the anxiety symptoms, he might avoid being in challenging situations. This is where the anxiety starts to get the better of us; by causing us to behave otherwise, it brings certain changes in our personality that might not be beneficial for our personal and professional relationships.
It is not to say that anxiety is an unwanted response of the body; in fact, anxiety is crucial for our security and well-being. Fight-or-flight response ensures that we act quickly and get ourselves out of ‘danger’. For example, when someone pulls up abruptly in front of you, the mind and body coordinate, and you make the decision of quickly applying the brakes. However, when the fight-or-flight system goes awry, a person might perceive a normal situation to be a ‘dangerous’ one. The mind and body will still work towards ensuring that the person is out of ‘danger’, and the person experiences symptoms, such as palpitations, breathlessness, pounding heart, sweaty palms. Therefore, a very important factor in relieving anxiety is getting an understanding of our bodies and working towards letting the guard down. Mentioned below are a few easy tips to relieve anxiety from your day-to-day life.
Accept the Uncertainty
“What if I am laid off?”, “What if my investment strategy fails and I go bankrupt?”, “What if my partner stops loving me?” – All these questions are valid and logical to an extent, and everyone frets about them once in a while. However, when one has high levels of anxiety, these worries start affecting a person excessively and cause a lot of discomfort. Anxiety prospers on fear, and by being fearful, one gives it the long rope. Therefore, it is important to be fearless against the face of anxiety; I know it is easier said than done, but with consistent efforts, one can really fight against it. One way of dealing
with anxiety is to accept the “What if” part of it. If the thought of getting laid off causes high levels of anxiety to you, say to yourself, “Yes, I will be unemployed soon… May that is the only way I will be able to take that overdue vacation.” Although you might not be in a position to afford a vacation, or being unemployed, saying this will take the fire out of the worry. It might sound illogical to you, but remember the worry doesn’t come with a great deal of logic itself!
Exercise and Meditate Regularly
How do you feel after running nonstop for a long time? You have sweat all over you; your heart is pounding, and all you want to do is to catch your breath. All these are normal reactions of the body after it has gone through a rigorous activity. However, someone suffering from high levels of anxiety often experiences the same symptoms during a “panic attack”. In these cases, the body assumes that a person needs something extra and works towards providing more oxygen. This in turn causes symptoms while one is sitting quietly or say, driving. This is one of the main reasons why more and more health experts are advising people to exercise regularly to keep anxiety in check. Although, the research is still going on establish a direct relation between exercising and anxiety reduction, it is widely believed that exercising is beneficial for mental health.
Meditation too, is known for its healing properties, especially, the effect it has on the mind. When you sit quietly and focus your attention on one single source, the mind is relaxed and pent-up feelings are expelled. It is widely believed that meditation will play a major role in curing several psychological illnesses in the times to come.
Author Bio: William is a finance blogger, freelancer and copyright editor from NY. Check out his site at Daily Gains Letter