Anxiety is a term that covers many forms of pathological and abnormal fears. It is a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness, which also occurs in a variety of other mental disorders, and is usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or panic attacks. According to recent surveys, about 18% of the Americans might be affected by anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorder affects the way an individual thinks. It can also lead to physical symptoms.
A person suffering from anxiety has too much worry and tension, and has difficulty concentrating. The person always feels edgy or restless. Anxiety is a vague unpleasant emotional state.
It is often accompanied by physical sensations like palpitation, headache, sweating, chest pain, shortness of breath etc. People suffering from this disorder often feel tired, tremble or get startled easily.
People with this disorder also suffer from depression and sometimes resort to drugs or alcohol abuse.
Family history plays a great role in increasing the chances that a person may develop an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety has been associated with abnormal levels of a few neurotransmitters in the brain. If neurotransmitters are out of balance, messages can’t get through the brain in a proper manner.
This alters the way the brain reacts in specific situations, leading to anxiety. Stressful and traumatic events may lead to anxiety disorder.
Before you start practicing yoga to control anxiety, spend 10 minutes in Shavasana (Relaxation pose). Use this time for separating yourself mentally from the experiences of the past and from expected happenings of the future. Focus your awareness on the present moment.
Relaxation induced by Ujjayi (The psychic breath) , Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) and Deep Relaxation would calm down the mind and rest the body.
Lie on your back in a comfortable place and breathe slowly through your nose. Make use of diaphragm to suck air to the lung and simultaneously allow the abdomen to expand. After the full expansion of the abdomen, continue inhaling deeply.
The process should be reversed while breathing out. Abdomen should be contracted when exhaling slowly and completely. This exercise is to be repeated several times.
Tadasana (Palm tree Pose), Salamba Sirsasana (Supported headstand Pose), Uttanasana (Squat and rise Pose), Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon pose) , Veerasana (Hero’s pose), Supta Virasana (Sleeping Hero’s) and other yoga sequences help to effectively manage anxiety.
A full body massage using vatas (sesame oil), pitas (coconut or sunflower oil) and kaphas (corn oil) would help reduce anxiety. Use 7 ounces of warm oil and liberally rub it over the body from head to toe.
Get this massage done before your morning bath. If you are suffering from insomnia, you can get this massage done before sleeping.
Steep ½ teaspoon of Tagar and Musta in a cup of hot water. Leave it for about 10 minutes and then drink it. Consume it twice a day.
Add nutmeg and honey to orange juice, stir it well and drink it to reduce anxiety.
Soak baking soda and ginger for 15 minutes in your bathtub. You can pacify your anxiety by taking a bath in this water.
Anxiety can most effectively be treated with asanas and Pranayama. Ayurvedic remedies are also beneficial. Apart from this, home remedies can also treat mental stress successfully.