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Discover Natural Ways To Help Reduce Anxiety

Most of us have anxious moments as we meet everyday demands and sometimes wonder if we have everything under control. But suffering from anxiety can be more than a few anxious moments.

If you are having problems with anxiety, the constant nagging feelings of worry can be very troubling and often hard to control. They might be so strong that they seem to overwhelm everything else.

HarvardHealthLetter has some suggestions that may help.

They tell us the feelings of anxiety with all of their intensity may really be out of proportion to the actual troubles and dangers we are encountering in our daily lives. It is that intensity that makes it so hard to stay calm and remain effective at home, work and out among friends.

If you are experiencing persistent feelings of anxiety and need answers, see your doctor and recommended counselors for assistance now.

Natural Solutions May Help

HarvardHealth notes anxiety can be treated with medication, but there are also natural mind/body solutions that may help.

Natural interventions like deep breathing exercises, using soothing scents like lavender or orange, and taking breaks outdoors to do short meditations can help to dial back anxiety.

Hypnosis Helps Refocusing

Hypnosis can be used to refocus attention, rethink problems, and generate a feeling of relaxation. I have known people who successfully used hypnosis to treat their anxiety and addiction dependencies. They found a therapist through their doctor and spent several months working through their problems. But the process worked and their lives were improved.

Biofeedback Works Too

Biofeedback measures body functions, such as heartbeat or breathing, and feeds those readings back to the individual in the form of sounds or lights. This makes the person more aware of their responses helping them learn to control their responses with relaxation techniques. I have seen biofeedback used with anxious teens, helping them to feel more in control and more aware of what was going on in their lives.

Deep Breathing Can Be Used Anywhere

Once you learn this deep breathing sequence you can use it almost anytime, anywhere. You might be at home, at work, or traveling.

Find a comfortable spot to sit. Take a normal breath then take a slow deep breath.

The air coming in through your nose should feel as though it moves downward into your lower belly. Let your abdomen expand fully. Now breathe out through your mouth or your nose, if that feels more natural. Alternate normal and deep breaths.

See how you feel when you inhale and exhale normally and when you breathe deeply. Shallow breathing may feel tight, while deep breathing feels relaxed. Use this deep breathing technique for 15 to 20 minutes daily and throughout the day whenever you need a break.

As always, if you continue to experience anxiety, see your doctor and discuss additional treatments.

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