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what's the best way for me to calm down, i'm feeling really anxious?

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
Anxious to calm: Always be clear that you do not have a medical reason for anxiety (like elevated thyroid, adrenal problems). Many techniques for calming anxiety, ranging from formal biofeedback, use at home of the heart rate variability software (mccraty and heart math), learn eft, learn meditaion, tai chi, chi gong, yoga, see practitioner that uses nes mind programs, lots of others.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Anxiety: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Take care.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What's the best way to calm yourself and truly relax?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Meditation and...: We are all individuals so the answer is not the same for everyone, but meditation is a well-proven way to relax. This involves slow deep breathing while focusing your mind on sounds or an image. Other useful techniques include exercise, yoga, and trying to live in the moment (be here now). A nice guide to relaxation techniques is at www.Mindtools.Com/stress/relaxationtechniques/intropage.Htm.

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