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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Calm

Most people feel anxious some of the time — such as before taking a test, after losing a job, or when public speaking — and what stresses one person may not stress another. Practicing self-soothing techniques can help you manage your anxiety. These methods typically involve doing something that pleases one or more of the senses. Here are five easy examples.

  • Look at a favorite piece of artwork or cherished photos, or take a walk in a picturesque setting. Close your eyes and imagine a peaceful scene. Consider other ways you may enjoy to take your mind off worry, such as coloring in a coloring book.
  • Listen to a favorite song that inspires you or holds a special meaning. Sit near a fountain or a bubbling brook.
  • Breathe in fresh air or fresh laundry. Step into your favorite coffee shop or bakery to absorb the smells. Consider seeking out smells that will bring back pleasant memories – the area in the brain that processes memories is located next to the area that processes scents.
  • Savor a bite of gourmet dark chocolate, a sip of special tea, or a juicy piece of fresh fruit.
  • Take a warm bath, wrap up in a blanket, or snuggle your pet. Hug a friend.
  • Meditate. Close your eyes. Do yoga or other deep breathing exercises.
  • Try these relaxation techniques to help take the edge off your worry.

WHEN TO GO TO DOCTOR: If you are worrying excessively — every day, all day, without an apparent cause, you may have generalized anxiety disorder.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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