Guest Blog Posy by Silva Life System - If you’ve suffered from anxiety for any extended period of time, you may think you’ve tried everything by now to calm your nerves. Well, you may be wrong. There are some little-known treatments for anxiety that can be practiced in your own home without any special equipment, training, medications, or supplements. So why isn’t anyone talking about them? Perhaps because they’re not just effective, they’re also a little strange . . . or are they? Read on and decide for yourself.
Rock yourself back and forth.
Yes, just like your mother did when you were a child. Grown-ups need comfort as well, and all human beings are soothed by a gentle rocking motion. Yes, there’s a stigma associated with it, but if it helps your anxiety and you can refrain from doing it in public, then why not give it a whirl? There are also other self-soothing methods you can try such as hugging yourself tightly or curling up in a fetal position. These child-like poses are our natural, uninhibited attempts to make ourselves feel safe and calm.
Tie yourself up in knots.
With yoga, of course. Your anxiety likely has your stomach tied up in knots already, so why not join in with the rest of your body? No, but seriously, yoga is a mind-body practice that combines deep breathing, physical activity, and relaxation techniques to calm the body and the spirit. Although a yoga mat may make the practice a bit more comfortable, it’s not a necessity. You don’t have to be extremely fit or flexible to perform some basic yoga moves, and contrary to popular belief, not all of the postures will leave you looking like a human pretzel.
Practice mind control.
On yourself, that is. Brain entrainment, a technique designed to synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain to work in harmony with one another, is gaining in popularity as an effective alternative treatment for all types of ailments and disorders including anxiety. The process is not as bizarre as it might sound. Similar high-frequency tones are delivered to the brain through headphones, and as the brain attempts to reconcile the input, it begins to generate a rhythmic frequency referred to as a binaural beat. Depending on the frequency of the input, the brain’s response can generate different states of consciousness including alert wakefulness or extreme relaxation.
Believe it or not, it is possible to hypnotize yourself. It may not work for everyone as some personality types are more suggestible than others, but it can’t hurt to try. Simply visualize yourself in a very relaxing place, and allow yourself to remain there for an extended period of time—a few minutes, perhaps. Mentally look around and observe your surroundings, allowing your mind to create a place of solace and complete peacefulness. Then, pinch yourself on your arm—not hard enough for it to hurt, but hard enough that you feel the sensation. If you begin to feel anxious at any time following your hypnosis, simply pinch yourself again in the exact same spot to return to your peaceful place. It may sound crazy, but it works on some people and is simply a reflection of our ability to associate physical sensations with mental states of being.
Have a bonfire.
You’ve probably heard of brokenhearted girls burning all of their boyfriends’ clothes or possessions in a big bonfire to help them forget their heartache. The truth is—this technique, although dramatic, probably does ease the pain a bit, and at the very least provides a sense of closure. You can take this same basic principle and apply it to your anxiety. Simply write down all of your worries or negative, anxiety-provoking thoughts on scraps of paper and burn them one by one. As you watch them turn into ashes before your eyes, allow yourself to let go of the problems and resolve to stop allowing them to control your life or stifle your joy.
Prolonged and intense anxiety is such an uncomfortable experience that it can motivate its sufferer to try just about anything in an attempt to make it go away. If this describes you, then go ahead—try some of these kooky tips and see if they work for you. Besides your nagging anxiety, what do you have to lose?
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