How to be less anxious?
What is anxiety?
Anxiety or being anxious, is one of negative outcome of being stressed. Stress is emotional response to pressures we feel in life and anxiety is our response to stress itself. There are many other effects of stress, why anxiety takes center stage?
Because, Anxiety is when fear overcomes other emotions as response to stress. The apprehension itself, limits the person’s capacity to think something much productive in such state. Moreover, it has been found that anxiety leads to depression over period of time, with much long term effects.
You can read about anxiety study here.
More data can be presented to tell about ill effects of anxiety, but that is not going to solve the issue. So let’s get to task.
How to deal with anxiety? (Yogic way :)
Though anxiety is dependent on external factors in indirect way, it is still our internal response to those stimuli. And, how we handle our response is something that can be worked upon immediately and results can also be felt much faster. (You can read how yoga practice as such works on our body in this post)
You can follow all these guidelines, or you can pick any one, use it for sometime and work from that point onward. There is no hard and fast rule.
- Practice Asanas: Any well designed class is good enough to move your body and relive your mind of stress itself by end of class. Over course of several classes, these benefits start to get deeper into your body and helps in releasing tension and negativity from body. Keep in mind to end each class with savasana. It is worth every moment when done after class.
- Breathe: Even if you don’t practice pranayama, deep and conscious breathing is in general a good practice. With increase in sedentary lifestyle, this is even more important then anything else on the list. You can read about breathing in detail here.
- Have a positive habit: This part is tricky, hence rather then saying a relaxing habit, I mentioned it as positive habit. There are many relaxing entertaining habits but only few have positive impact on our mind and body. Pick anything like meditation, walking, gardening or even volunteering for some good cause as regular habit. These activities give a gentle break to your mind from overall routine and allow your mind to process the situation holistically, which in itself takes care of response to those situations.
- Positive company: A circle of positive people provides good energy to our mind and body. In company of such people (be it your friends, yoga classmates etc. ) elevates you out of bad mood and thus protects you from entering into circle of stress>anxiety>depression or any other ailments. On additional note, sometimes, such company also helps you in maintaining your positive habits.
Nothing more is required to maintain a good health. Thinking your way out of stress or anxiety is effective only till you are reading a good article. To sustain the mindset, it requires daily input of good things into both mind and body. There is no denying that. And as you can read in articles here, it doesn’t require creating big commitments on your part. Start with small steps, develop habit of doing them regularly and you will see effective results from first day itself. These benefits keep on increasing with each subsequent practice.
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