Do you ever feel suddenly overwhelmed by things you need to do, or get that anxious feeling where you just can’t focus on anything?
You’re not alone.
As a physician, being able to think and function under stressful situations is essential. But regardless of profession, life–whether it is work, school, or family–has a way of overwhelming us. Or perhaps you are just one of the millions of people who are prone to experiencing anxiety symptoms on a regular basis. Regardless of the cause, the physiology behind this feeling is the same: a combination of neurotransmitters and hormones that signals your body to produce the sympathetic “fight or flight response”–the racing heart rate, quickened shallow breathing, increase in blood pressure, and the overall feeling of not being in control.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to teach you four scientifically proven, easy-to-do techniques that you can do anywhere that will help your body and mind “reverse” this physiologic response, getting you back into a state of calm where you can actually focus on the task at hand.
Keep in mind that while each technique is useful by itself, they are more effective when done together. When performed properly, you should feel its calming effects almost instantaneously.
So the next time you are feeling anxious or stressed, try these:
Remember, if it doesn’t seem to work the first time you try it, don’t give up. Just as it is with any technique–practice makes perfect.
So now that you are equipped with some powerful relaxation tools, go forth and conquer the day with confidence…for a new, de-stressed life awaits you.