Brain works best when it is relaxed. Feeling relaxed is essential for your overall wellbeing. Without having the ability to relax we cannot deal with intense situations. Being cool under fire increases the likelihood of you having success. With a relaxed mind energy is expended.

Anxiety is a vicious circle of thoughts, sensations and behaviours. The origin of an anxious mood lies in your thoughts. These thoughts lead to reactions in the body, causing physical sensations and affecting your behavior. An anxious person tends to think more distressed thoughts, having a vicious circle.

To beat anxiety we need to take a holistic approach that corrects the mind and body. When it comes to arresting the physical symptoms of anxiety, you should consider the following: Essentially you're trying to stop anxiety symptoms by calming mechanisms. Breathing and relaxation are two simple and effective methods.

When you are in an anxious mood, you are likely to be breathing too quickly. This upsets the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood, leading to unpleasant symptoms of anxiety and panic. Slow down your breathing and aim to breathe 10-12 times per minute. Pause between breaths and time yourself.

Prevention is better than the cure, so avoid behaviours, and situations that contribute towards anxiety. If your anxiety is tied to particular situations (such as giving presentations), the only way you can learn to deal with these is to face them. Build up to the situation by imagining it. If you notice yourself feeling anxious, pause and do some breathing exercises and physical relaxation. Unfold the scenario and imagine yourself coping with the fear and getting through successfully.

You may also be surprised to hear that eating the right foods can boost your mental health. This should not be surprising because, after all, we are what we eat. Eat regular meals, including breakfast (even if it's only a banana), to keep blood sugar levels steady.

Destress your body by giving it what it needs, maintain a balance of work, rest and play. Build 20-30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine. You will notice that even a little physical activity will help you sleep a whole lot better.

Now what about the mental aspects? How can we develop a relaxed state of mind? Begin by thinking of a time when you felt completely focused and relaxed in an activity. Think about the thoughts, feelings and emotions that you experienced. Recreate the experience in your head until you can specifically pinpoint each individual emotion and thought that you had.

The more practice it is going to be to activate them in the next real situation that demands mental relaxation.

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