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By J.Gwathney

How to use relaxation to alleviate symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety is the uncomfortable feeling that arises from uncertainty whether occurring in a situation, or at a specific time. When anxiety occurs it can cause people to think irrationally. Anticipating the worse without any answers create aimless thinking about solutions. It is awkward being unable to maintain a steady pattern of thought during a time when you feel that you should be in control. The quality of rational thought can decline in a series of steps of unreliable solutions to an unresolved incident throughout an experience.

The feeling of alarm without having a known resolution can prolong the period of anxiety. Incoherent thinking which may have nothing to do with what is happening in the moment, and for no apparent reason, can enhance the feelings of worry. This state of intense emotion is linked to not knowing what to do in the excitement of the unexpected event, leaving the mind grasping for ways to regain balance in the situation. Responses that occur within a set of circumstances are based on decisions. Although other people may be involved in a decision process, decisions are a personal choice. Learning to make the best decisions in your life is always a work in progress.

Being unfamiliar with the exact cause of these feelings could add to the confusion. To help manage these moments of uneasiness, it may be a good idea to find out what type of moments trigger these intense feelings. In combination with identifying what brings on these symptoms of anxiety you could take active steps to assist in alleviating this condition. Breathing exercises are a very effective way to bring thoughts back to a place of balance.

By redirecting your attention, it is possible to stabilize an anxious experience through the process of association. Taking action that transfers your focus from one circumstance to another can allow your strong emotions to enter a less intense state. Action is associated with accountability, which is an effective step toward a solution. In many situations, it becomes necessary to take a step back to evaluate a situation, which can give you time to regain a sense of balance.

Deep breathing techniques

Deep breathing from the abdomen while using a method of focus to redirect your attention can take you from a chaotic condition to a state of calm. Depending on how comfortable you are with an exercise you could use the counting backwards technique, or you could focus on a fixture while deep breathing. Being focused will lay the ground work for a calm steady state of mind.

The hormonal factors

Sometimes, hormones play a role in a condition like anxiety due to a chemical imbalance, and it would serve you well to speak to a therapist or/and a psychologist about the best way to incorporate these techniques into a recommended treatment.

Working through a difficult situation can take time and a certain amount of effort. Concentrating less on the time involved and more on the actual process creates poise, allowing the situation to become stabilized and manageable.

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Edmund Bourne, Daniel G Amen

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