How acupressure can help you in treating your anxiety issues?
Exam halls, first stage performance or appraisal rooms – we have all been there, wearing anxiety on our sleeves. There’s hardly any of us who haven’t experienced anxiety. High-pressure situations often bring with them such intense and restlessness feelings. However, for some, anxiety is just more than their reaction to such pressure. It becomes an integral part of their lives. Anxiety disorder is feeling frequently anxious without any particular reason. Here are a few signs that may hint at an anxiety disorder:
If you find yourself worrying about things and matters that you know are trivial, then you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
The feeling of agitation is directly linked to anxiety. When you feel anxious, your nervous system starts going into overdrive. You may find yourself with shaky hands, dry mouth or racing pulse. If you are encountering frequent bouts of agitation then get yourself checked for anxiety disorder.
If you feel the need to be hyperactive or constantly move then you are experiencing restlessness. If the restlessness is so dominant, then it is becoming a hindrance in focusing on the tasks.
Difficulty in concentrating
One study about children with anxiety disorder found that almost 90% of the kids reported having trouble while concentrating. As your nervous system is constantly in a hyperactive mode as if the body is in danger, it alerts the mind to become hyper-vigilant. This, in turn, creates difficulty in concentrating on the task at hand.
Trouble falling asleep
Sleepless nights are a direct consequence of anxiety disorders. Some studies have also found that people who suffer from insomnia during their childhood or formative years of their life develop anxiety disorders later in life.
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder wherein the patient suffers from recurring panic attacks. A debilitating and intense sensation of fear without any rational reason is a sign that the person might be suffering from panic attacks.
Acupressure and anxiety
Anxiety is a state when the body is constantly in an extreme survival mode. This leads to vital organs functioning at its optimal capacity due to which you encounter increased heart palpitations, the sensation of fear, alertness and panic attacks. Acupressure therapy uses pressure points on our body that help with normalizing the heartbeat, racing pulse and feelings of restlessness and fear. Here are a few acupressure points on our body that can help in curbing anxiety:
This point is located 3 fingers width below the wrist on the inside of the forearms. Apply pressure up and down for 1-2 minutes to calm your heartbeat. This point is said to be located on the pericardium channel and is known as the getaway to the heart.
Great Tower Gate
The Great Tower Gate point is in the midsection of your body just below the diaphragm and above the umbilicus. Gentle pressure on this region helps to bring breathing back to its normal pace when panic attacks trigger rapid breathing and increase palpitations.
This pressure point located right between the eyebrows is said to bring harmony in the mind and signals body and mind to go into a deep state of healing. This point is the most common and also the most crucial point when it comes to calming anxiety attacks.
Limit caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant and hyperactivates the nervous system. This might not be the best beverage for people suffering from anxiety as they may be encountering such hyperactive state more than required.
Meditation: Meditation helps to calm your mind and will also teach you to face anxiety. However, the effects of meditation will be noticeable only after repetitive practice.
Exercise: Exercise will help your body’s cardiac rhythm to normalcy. Avoid high-pressure exercises that might send your body in survival mode. Instead, try yoga or a walk in the nature that will not only keep you fit but will also help to overcome anxiety.
Komal Patil is a business management graduate finding purpose through words, writing stories and poems.