2020 has been a year of remarkable lifestyle changes! We’ve adapted and adjusted well to working from home, wearing masks every time we step out, washing hands time and again, using sanitizers more often than using hand cream, and lots more. But, these changes have not only affected us but this constant urge of doing things correctly and rightly has also induced quite some amount of stress. And anxiety is a typical human reaction to when we’re stressed. If you’ve been feeling too anxious or under stress lately, you know it is getting in the way of living a happy yet healthy life. And so, to find relief from moments of anxiety and stress, here are some simple exercises you can do—anytime, anywhere! These exercises will help you relax and calm down quickly.
Do the counting
One of the easiest and simplest ways to calm down—counting. You could count to a specific number and repeat it multiple times until you feel your anxiety-reducing. Of course, doing this with your eyes closed in a quiet, comfortable space helps best. But this exercise is pretty subjective and thus, could sometimes work fast and sometimes take much longer. But you need to stay calm and focused. Since your focus fully shifts from your stress to counting, it helps your mind relax.
Often when we feel stressed, our heart rate goes up and our breathing gets a bit faster. Some people also experience sweating, feeling lightheaded, and dizzy. So getting your breathing in control can help you calm your mind and body naturally. For that, you need to find a comfortable spot and put one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. Also, make sure your stomach moves more than your chest while you practice breathing in deeply. Breathe in slowly through your nose and pay attention to your hands on your stomach and chest—the former will move slightly and the latter should remain still. Now slowly breathe out through your mouth. Repeat this exercise for about 10 times a minimum or until you can feel calmer and less anxious.
Feeling anxious usually get our muscles all tensed up and strained. And this can make our anxiety even more difficult to deal with. So, the foremost thing we’re supposed to do is relax our muscles to relieve stress and reduce anxiety levels. Start with slow and regular breathing with your eyes closed in a comfortable space. Then take your hand and make a fist and squeeze it tightly. Hold it that way for a few seconds and focus on all the tension you feel in your hand. Now, slowly start opening your fingers and notice how you feel. Repeat this with other muscle groups in your body and see how it makes you feel.
Make Some Visualisation
Creating a safe place that you can visually visit every time you feel anxious can be really helpful. All you need to do is paint a mental picture of a place that would make you feel calm and relaxed. It could be a real or imaginary—just a place that you can easily think about to return to in your mind when you wish to relax. When you envision yourself in your happy place, enjoying it in comfort, it will help you calm down much faster. Do this with closed eyes and regular breathing.
Well, these were some of the suggestions from our side, that might work for you in these tough times. However, the result is definite, the duration for receiving the relief might depend on person to person. We would like you to try out these quick exercises and would love to know about your way of dealing with your moments of anxiety. Do tell us in the comments below!
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