There are 2 things that really help with anxiety; Deep breathing exercises and acupressure points.The word Anxiety come from the Latin root- “twisted rope,” which is a common ailment in all the stress that life can bring to us daily says author Michael Gach in his book- Acupressure’s Potent Points. Here are some tips to help you in your quest toward learning how to reduce your stress.
The best acupressure point for Anxiety?
The center of the breastbone.
It is called the Sea of Tranquility and it is 3 thumb widths up from the base of the breast bone (just above the nipple line)
If you begin your relief session with your finger pressing on your breastbone and add some slow and deep breathing, you will begin to feel a calming effect right away.
The importance of adding the deep breathing is to release tension as well as emotional balancing. The next time you feel nervous or anxious, first check out how you are breathing. When you are anxious, your breathing will be shallow. If you begin to increase the depth and capacity of your breath, you will relieve your anxiety.
Deep breathing is a skill that you need to master with practice. There are many techniques and the first thing I think about is this one~
1. Breathe in through your nose and allow you belly to fill up with air- your belly rises and bloats. When you exhale, do it through your nose but suck your stomach in as you exhale. Try 2-3 rounds of this type of breathing.
2. Inhale for four counts
3. Exhale for six counts so that all the toxins are released from your body
Healthy Life Style
Aspects of healthy living include getting plenty of rest, stretching, breathing, and aerobic exercises such as swimming, biking, dancing or running.
Avoid refined foods made of anything white- this means white bread.rice and sugar. Also avoid caffeine and foods that have a high sodium content.
Exercise: Some potent point exercises
Stand with your feet comfortably apart, arms at your sides. Inhale and raise your arms up, palms up, out to the sides and then above your head.
Next interlock your fingers above your head with your palms facing each other. Turn your palms inside out so that your palms face the sky.
Inhale and gently stretch further upward, with your head tilted back.
Exhale lowing your chin to your chest and letting your arms float back down to your sides. Repeat 5 times
Taken in part from: Gach, R. M.(1990) Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care For Common Ailments. New York, NY. Bantam Books