Controlling anxiety: five simple and effective methods
that bring relief
Anxiety is fast becoming a national ailment and it's no wonder. This recession,
going global, affects every part of our lives. The banking bailout will have us all paying
this huge debt, shifted to the taxpayers. It certainly didn't help the credit crunch. Layoffs
continue, with six million jobs lost in the last year. Food costs are rising rapidly. The
recent pandemic flu scare has everyone on edge. If all of this isn't enough to make every
single one of us anxious, I don't know what else could make it worse.
Levels of anxiety range from occasional bouts to severe, chronic anxiety. If you suffer from
anxiety frequently, it can disrupt your sleep, ability to concentrate, your efficacy at work,
memory and be an altogether unpleasant physical experience. Unchecked, anxiety can lead to
depression and a number of other serious health problems, including a suppressed immune system
response, high blood pressure and a stressed heart.
Controlling anxiety requires a proactive strategy. While there are medications to help control
anxiety, these should be taken only on a temporary basis. Most anti-anxiety medications, while
controlling anxiety, always have an addictive potential in varying degrees. This can lead to you
requiring a stronger dose and eventually, a withdrawal process, should you decide to stop taking
the medication, which, ironically involves anxiety. Then you're back at square one!
Here we offer five techniques for controlling anxiety
1. Be good to yourself, take a break. Sit down and lean back, taking slow, even breaths. If you've
reached the stage of hyperventilating, breath into a paper bag, slowly inhaling and exhaling. Then
go and run a hot tub and bring a book.
2. Meditation helps you to relax and clear your mind. Browse the book shops for a primer on
3. Roll up your sleeves and apply a goodly amount of elbow grease to a task that gets your
circulation going and focuses your mind on the task at hand. Clean the oven, vacuum, pull weeds or
dig a planting area in the garden. Wash and polish your car by hand. Clean out a messy section of
the garage. You'll find that concentrating on a mundane task helps alleviate anxiousness.
4. Conventional exercise is another good method of controlling anxiety. Go for a bike ride, or take
a brisk walk. A few jumping jacks, sit-ups or push-ups, for just 15 minutes can do the trick.
5. Aromatherapy is another natural method for controlling anxiety. One especially helpful essential
oil is lavender, which helps promote relaxation and also provides relief from tension headaches.
You can place a dab of lavender oil on each temple for marvelous relief. You can also buy or make a
lavender pillow or eye mask. The fragrance of lavender is the key to this simple, but highly
effective solution to controlling anxiety before it overwhelms you.
This solution can be used in that hot bath too. Make a fist sized bag of a loose weave of muslin,
fill it with lavender flowers, tie it shut and hang the bag from the faucet. Close the shower
curtain and breathe the resulting fragrant air. Just be careful you don't fall asleep!
Each of these five techniques works. Try each of them and decide which works best for you.
Controlling anxiety doesn't have to be difficult. It's just a matter of using some simple
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