Anxiety Relief

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The most immediate form of anxiety relief will be found from Progressive Relaxation. This technique has been around for centuries. Today, we sometimes look for answers to our problems that are complicated. In doing so, we miss the simple but effective solutions to our problems. Anybody suffering from simple nervousness, to a full-blown case of anxiety disorder complete with panic attacks, should give good, old fashion Progressive Relaxation a try.


To practice the relaxation technique, lie down on a bed or recline in a comfortable chair and relax as much as possible. Then, actually talk to your body starting with the feet and moving progressively up to your head. Start by saying, "feet relax" then for the next couple of seconds feel your feet becoming totally relaxed. Then say, "lower legs relax." Then, for the next couple of seconds, visualize one leg, then the other becoming more relaxed. Next, it's the upper leg by saying "upper legs relax." Continue, progressively working upward.


It is not important you achieve total relaxation in all your body parts. Simply imagining them becoming relaxed is enough for now. With daily practice, you become better at getting everything relaxed and you will be able to do so in a shorter period of time.


When you get to your shoulders, say, "right arm relax" and imagine you're right arm relaxing. Then, "left arm relax." Visualize, and actually feel your left arm becoming relaxed, if not totally, somewhat relaxed is fine. Move up to your neck and your head getting your complete body to be as relaxed as you can get it without fighting to relax. Obviously, fighting will have a negative effect. If you have problems relaxing your body parts even a little, just pretend they are becoming relaxed. You find this will attitude will work wonders, but by all means don't try, just imagine.


At this point, some people like to imagine themselves floating, perhaps on a float in a pool. Others maybe, don't like the thought of moving in water when they're nervous. These people often like to just imagine some peaceful scene. Perhaps something relaxing they had seen in their lives or perhaps something relaxing they've seen on TV.


The key is to get your body to feel a little more relaxed than usual, and then get the mind enter into a relaxed state. Here, it's time to simply enjoy the experience. If you fall asleep, that's okay so long as you have prepared to take a nap. The point is, it's very good to get some relaxation in everyday. As you spend more and more time relaxing and there will be less time to be nervous.


At times during the day, when anxiety seems to get the better of you, you can call back the memory of your relaxation exercise. After awhile, you'll be able to become relaxed in a second's notice.


Relaxation exercises can help get the ball rolling toward a complete recovery from anxiety disorder. However, it usually takes a little more than simple relaxation exercises. Believe it or not, this little more is many times, nothing more than becoming educated as to how the human nervous system works. However, this particular exercise is just a beginner's version. After a while it is helpful to learn about how to become very relaxed in a short period of time and thus cut off adrenaline with all its horrors.