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what is the best way to relax when your panicking and feeling anxious?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anxious: Meditation, breathing exercises, relaxation and yoga might help.
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapies also very effective
Aug 30, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks Dr. Saponaro
Nov 6, 2012
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Many possibilities: When panicking, you need something immediate, and the "best" way varies from person to person. I've found practices from heartmath to be really helpful -- and also breathing exercises. One great one is the 4-7-8 breath that you can practice before panic episodes, and at least twice a day. See here: http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/vdr00112/the-4-7-8-breath-benefits-and-demonstration.Html.

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