5 Ways to Curb Anxiety
Have you ever felt that nervous, vibrating energy in your stomach and heart center? Your heart rate increases, breathing becomes rapid and you feel a sense of impending danger like the whole world is about to end?
I have had many such episodes in my healing journey. It is extremely rare these days and it doesn’t last as long as it used to because of the techniques I learnt and use.
No matter what type of anxiety you are experiencing, I am sure you understand that it is temporary and all an exaggeration of your mind. It is a calling to look at something deeper hidden within you!
It is unattended emotions that come to surface to get attention finally. It is a scary experience because you never wanted to look at them in the first place and hence you ignored them, now they all start coming to you, all at once!
Are they trying to take revenge? Wanting to kill you? NO! They want to be accepted and honored. They want to be respected and loved. They are part of you, no matter how much you deny it, reject it, be disgusted by it, they are you and they wish to be finally released from their prison and come to light. So, eventually you must come to a space of self-embrace. Do not run away from your own shadows. As you do this practice of self-embrace, slowly anxiety attacks will become less frequent and eventually stop.
For now if you are going through anxiety attack, you can do these things.
Ways to curb Anxiety
1: NAVEL BREATHING WITH GYAAN MUDRA
Forcibly do NAVEL BREATHING with GYAN MUDRA: When you are under anxiety attack, you start breathing from your chest. And this type of breathing then becomes short and shallow. This triggers a chain event in the body – that creates more stress chemicals. Why? Because, to the body, this type of breathing is an indication of actual danger. Like you are face-to-face with a lion.
Body doesn’t know that your danger is created in the mind and is actually harmless. So, Change your breathing, keep holding your chest with right hand and with left hand hold the gyaan mudra on your navel as shown below.
2: PINCH YOUR NOSE AND BREATHE
Keep one hand on heart center and pinch nose and breathe 6-10 times. I know it is going to be tremendously difficult but you can start to smile after 3 breathes, it will really help bring you back into calm state of being. This one can be done by some one else also. They can pinch your nose and hold your heart center if you are too out of sorts.
3: ACUPRESSURE POINT PC6 AND TE5
Holding these Acupressure points for 1-2 minutes can greatly reduce anxiety.
Nei Guan (P6 or PC6) is commonly used to help relieve nausea, upset stomach, motion sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches but is the one of the most important point to calm the nerves. Nei Guan (P6) is located three finger breadths below the wrist on the inner forearm in between the two tendons. To find and use this acupressure point, (1) locate the point by turning your hands over so the palm is facing up then (2) apply downward pressure between the two tendons, massaging and stimulating the area for 4-5 seconds.
When combined with TE5 (Triple Energiser 5) is responsible for moving energy between the upper body and the lower body. When energy is stuck in the middle then you have problems with shoulder pain, digestion, lower back pain, hip pain, circulation and excessive thoughts and stress etc. Location : 3 fingers below the wrist crease on the darker side of the hand(yang side), between the two bones towards the thumb side.
Hold these points for over a minute or with breathing 6-10 very slow and deep breaths. It will be difficult to do the slow breathing while you are under anxiety attack so just hold the points for 1-2 mins.
This points help calm the fight and flight response of the body and reduce the level of adrenaline and
4: HOLD FOREHEAD CALMING POINTS
You can ask someone else to hold your forehead points with three fingers. But if you are alone, then you can hold these points for yourself and keep some weight on your heart center like books or heavy blanket. Not to suffocate you but to give you a feeling of a hug. It will release oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine which are feel-good hormones. It reduces the level of cortisol in the body and calms the entire nervous system.
5: RESCUE – BACH FLOWER REMEDY
Rescue Remedy is a type of Bach Flower Remedy, a line of flower essences developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1920s and 1930s. The English physician believed that illnesses caused by negative emotions, like stress and depression, could be alleviated with flower essences. This is similar to a homeopathic remedy. 4 drops of it on tongue directly can bring you out of your anxiety mode. This works immediately so I keep it in my house at all times.
Anupriya is an Alternative Educator, Holistic Healing Trainer, Trance Medium and now an Author who has mastered many different healing and teaching modalities. She has worked in La Wisdom Alternative Learning Center in Bangalore for 2 years. She has educated children and parents on varied topics like emotional awareness, casteism in india, team work, career choices and addiction awareness etc. She continues to intrigue the minds of young people with her logical and experimental approach. Having gone through her own painful spiritual journey, she also learnt every healing modality that she could get her hands on. She has been training people in – Meditations, Reiki Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom technique, different forms of Acupressure and Reflexology, Ayurvedic Colour Therapy, Sujok, Naturopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, Chakra Healing, Angel Healing and Pendulum Dowsing etc from past 5 years. She has also developed faster healing methods for trauma and abuse victims using various guided meditations, creative visualisations and breathwork. Her faster methods work best with working professionals who have little to no time for themselves and children who have no patience as she teaches very quick tips and tricks to recover from painful circumstances. She also offers longer ‘energy and consciousness’ courses for adults, teenagers and children who wish to awaken a deeper human and spiritual awareness within them.
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