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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Relaxation Techniques (Definition)

Relaxation techniques are helpful tools for coping with stress and promoting long term health by slowing down the body and quieting the mind. Such techniques generally entail: refocusing attention (for example, noticing areas of tension); increasing body awareness; and exercises (such as meditation) to connect the body and mind together. Used daily, these practices can lead to a healthier perspective on stressful circumstances. In fact, more than 3,000 studies show the beneficial effects of relaxation on ...Read more


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What are some good relaxation techniques to use during anxiety or during a panic attack?

What are some good relaxation techniques to use during anxiety or during a panic attack?

Try smoking (?): What! On a Health Website? I mean the breathing pattern - w/out a cigarette! Actually, many smokers benefit from the breath pattern w/out knowing the role it plays. The deep inhale, hold, and full exhale thru the lips is very good for you. It reduces BP and HR. Part of "I need a smoke!" is about this. So, don't use tobacco - but take the time of a cigarette and breathe that way whenever you want. ...Read more

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Why won't my anxiety go down? Relaxation techniques, exposure and other things don't seem to work. I never used to have this much anxiety.

Why won't my anxiety go down? Relaxation techniques, exposure and other things don't seem to work. I never used to have this much anxiety.

Check possible cause: Find out what is bothering yoju in your personal life as well as work. Write down each day in a diary to see what is upsetting you then consult a psychiatrist if needed. ...Read more

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What are some safe relaxation techniques for stress?

What are some safe relaxation techniques for stress?

So many choices!: Guided relaxation cds are a great way to start. Yoga and chi gung classes can teach you specific breathing techniques and movements that can relax you. A person trained in emotional freedom technique (eft) can teach you an easy way to decrease feelings of stress pretty quickly. For ongoing stress, a counselor or psychotherapist is best able to help you in the long run. ...Read more

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What are relaxation techniques for cultivating positive energy?

What are relaxation techniques for cultivating positive energy?

Yoga is helpful: yoga exercises and meditation encourage abdominal breathing which can automatically lower feelings of stress ...Read more

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What are some relaxation techniques I can use when surrounded by a stressful environment?

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. ...Read more

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What are some quick relaxation techniques that can be used during the day to clear your mind?

Breathing, imagery: Learn to breath from your diaphragm - imagine there's a balloon in your belly and your breath fills it up. Let the breath out all the way and release tension in your neck and back as you do. Daydream yourself to a beautiful, relaxing place for 3 minutes and chill. Go to www.Thehealingmind.Org for audio guides. ...Read more

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What are some good relaxation techniques?

What are some good relaxation techniques?

Lots: Meditation, hyponosis tapes, relaxing music, massage, aromatherapy, gentle stretching yoga routine, homeopathic medications such as calm's forte, valerian root tea and holy basil either as a plant or supplement can help relax you. ...Read more

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What are some quick and effective relaxation techniques?

What are some quick and effective relaxation techniques?

Many good choices: There are many ways to quickly change gears & become relaxed. Many involve slow deep breathing. One advised by andrew weil is the 4-7-8 exercise- see www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art00521/three-breathing-exercises.Html for full description. I like to breath in & softly say ahh-ohh-ooo-mmm (aoumm) as i breathe out. See www.Healthy.Net/scr/article.Aspx?Id=1205 for a good discussion of many other techniques. ...Read more

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What are the most effective emotion-control / relaxation techniques?

What are the most effective emotion-control / relaxation techniques?

Explore a bit: Abdominal breathing, muscle relaxation, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, and biofeedback are all helpful. You must find what works for you. I think breathing and guided imagery are the easiest to begin with - see www.Thehealingmind.Org. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more