Thursday, December 10, 2009
Learning to Relax with Anxiety: Alzheimer's Caregivers Need To Do This
Many anxiety sufferers are learning the proper cognitive tools to overcome their anxiety. It isn’t easy. It takes commitment. Learning to relax with anxiety takes daily practice and commitment. Here are some relaxation tips to get you started:
1. Acceptance - Whatever we resist will persist. Try not to see yourself as fighting your anxiety. Instead, see yourself as moving toward your goal of relaxation.
2. Talk to someone - Many anxiety sufferers feel better almost immediately when they have a supportive person to talk with.
3. Knowledge - The more you know about your condition, the better equipped you’ll be. Things work better when we understand why we are doing them.
4. Breathing Techniques - Practice belly breathing. Breathe in to the count of 3 and out to the count of 4.
5. Meditation - Listen to guided meditation tapes or CDs.
6. Journal - Keep a notebook handy during the day, and when you recognize a “what if this happens?” thought forming, write it down. Review it later, when you are more relaxed. Ask the trigger question again, as if it were true. What would you do? Keeping a journal helps you discover possible hidden issues.
7. Take a nightly news vacation - Before bed, listen to relaxing music or read a book. If your habit is to watch the nightly news, try watching it first thing in the morning instead.
Learning to relax with anxiety will command your daily dedication. Be sure and celebrate even minor improvements. They are likely to be permanent ones!
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