How to Calm Anxiety

Anxiety can make life difficult. But the answer isn’t powering through your anxious feelings. There are several methods for how to calm anxiety, make it more manageable and improve your life. This article will describe some of those methods, giving you the tools you need to calm down the next time your anxiety feels out of control. Read more

Can Anxiety Kill You?

Your heart is racing, you feel like the room is closing in around you and you’re having a hard time breathing. You’re experiencing chest pain and tightness. You worry you might be having a heart attack and you head to the hospital. But after waiting there for several hours, healthcare providers tell you that it’s just anxiety, and that you should go home and get some rest. But do you still wonder: can anxiety kill you?

Many people with anxiety feel like they are dying when they have an anxiety attack. But anxiety cannot kill you. This article will talk about this common fear, why it happens, and what you can do about it in the future. Read more

Using Progressive Relaxation Techniques to Help You Relax

One of the most common ways stress manifests itself is through tension in your body – but progressive relaxation techniques may be the key to releasing this tension before it begins to affect you.

More than often, that tension stays with you long after the cause of your stress is gone. It can show up in numerous ways: a headache that won’t go away, tensed muscles, or a twitch that won’t stop.

Even when your mind may be ready to relax, you can feel still feel the residual tension in your shoulders, your back, your joints, your muscles, and elsewhere in your body. Read more

Meditation and Anxiety: The Best Meditation Techniques to Reduce Anxiety

Most of us experience anxious thoughts from time to time – whether it’s tension at work, unease in finances, or difficulties in relationships. Even the doubt that comes in a simple “what if” could increase anxiety levels. It’s normal to feel anxiety and yes, even fear, in uncertain situations.

You cannot avoid anxiety, but it is important to deal with it in healthy ways. That’s where the link between meditation and anxiety comes in. 

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What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

Over the last few years, a big push for mental health awareness has allowed for anxiety and anxiety disorders to come into the limelight. As the stigma around anxiety and mental health is slowly being chipped away, more and more people are realising that the anxiety that they are living can perhaps be prevented or treated, and that the toll that anxiety takes does not have to be a permanent fixture in their lives.

Indeed, one New York times article from 2016 noted in that in the past eight years, Google search rates for anxiety have more than doubled, and that 2016 saw the most searches out of any year in the past decade.

And yet, the mainstreaming of anxiety has also fostered an environment of misinformation, or at least, has failed to facilitate a fostering of in-depth understanding of what anxiety is and what it feels like to different individuals, the many forms that it may assume, and what can be done about it. This blog seeks to elucidate some of the most pertinent of these questions, namely, what does anxiety really feel like, how do different anxiety disorders differ from one another, and what can be done about it? Read more

How Do I Care for Myself After an Anxiety Attack?

Those who suffer from anxiety attacks can experience them at any time and in any place. Maybe you’re on the bus trying to get home after a long day of work when your chest tightens and your breathing speeds up. Perhaps you’re taking time to visit family when your throat clenches and you start to shake. When you’re in the middle of this period of high anxiety, it’s hard to think about anything else. Your instinct is to run away, so that no one will think poorly of you. Maybe you want to go somewhere and hide until the symptoms start to fade. Read more

How to Help Someone Suffering from Anxiety

Humans have a natural desire to want to help family members or loved ones who are going through a difficult time. You may be in one such situation with a friend who has anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue. There are some definite ways that you can be very supportive and helpful, but first, a caveat. Your natural inclination to reassure them and provide every possible assistance may not always be the right course of action. You might end up doing more harm than good with constant reassurances and never-ending offers of help. Even worse, when all this well-meaning support doesn’t produce any positive results, you might become frustrated and worn out.

Therefore, this article is a balanced discussion of some tactics which can be helpful to a friend or loved one suffering from an anxiety disorder, without reaching that point of diminishing return.

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What is an anxiety disorder?

People with anxiety disorders frequently experience panic, fear, and other physical and mental symptoms as responses to certain situations. Some of the physical symptoms of anxiety attacks can be nearly indistinguishable from serious physical ailments like heart attacks.

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Normal Respiration Rates: Everything You Need to Know

Is your breathing “normal?” We all know that it’s important to be aware of your heart rate, but your respiration rate, or how fast you breathe, is another one of the most important vital signs and can tell you a lot about your health.

Respiration is a special kind of natural impulse. It’s the only automatic function that can be controlled consciously. In order words, breathing is normally completely unconscious, but when willed, it can come under conscious control. You might not realize it, but your breathing has a direct impact on your blood pressure, core temperature, and heart rate. If you take a blood pressure reading taken while breathing rapidly and then another quickly after while breathing slowly and evenly, you will see that fast breathing spikes your blood pressure and heart rate.

Your breath reflects both inner and outer conditions of the human mind and body. It is linked to increases in physical exertion, deep relaxation, fear, and sleep. All of these physical states have distinct breathing patterns associated with them. It is one of the core vitals that medical practitioners document when following the progress of a patient. Your breath is not just a reaction to actions you are taking on the outside – it is a signal of core bodily states.

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6 Free Deepak Chopra Guided Meditations

In recent years, meditation has risen to prominence as a compelling way to combat the negative effects of stress. Additionally, studies on the practice have suggested that healing meditation’s benefits include pain reduction, addiction, and anxiety.

Luckily, you can start your practice with the helpful guidance of world-renowned meditation leader Deepak Chopra and his Chopra Center. You may know Deepak as Oprah Winfrey’s close spiritual friend, but he’s even better known for his wisdom, inspiring outlook on life, and his pursuit of perfect health and inner peace.

Deepak believes that meditation can take you beyond “the mind’s noisy chatter into the pure awareness that is the source of all your happiness, inspiration, and love.”

Ready to discover the calm beyond the noisy chatter? Follow along with Deepak’s Chopra Center meditations below.

Start With Your Breath

Meditation is a form of mindfulness, and just like mindfulness, it helps to start getting focused by bringing attention to your breath.

In the following meditation, Deepak Chopra guides you in breath awareness. This simple meditation is a great place to start and an easy way to quickly manage stress.

Quiet Your Mind

Try this meditation after you’ve done a few of the basic breath awareness exercises, and are ready for a real meditation experience.

Carve out some time during your day and get into a comfortable position to start. When you’re ready, play this guided meditation to quiet the stressful “noises” of your mind.

Meditate With Intention

Meditation is a great tool for not just stress; it’s a great way to help you focus your mind. This is a great morning meditation – Deepak Chopra starts his day out with a two hour meditation that allow him to set intentions for his day. In the following meditation, he shares his four favorite intentions to repeat during meditation.

Meditation for Sleep

Since meditation helps quiet the mind, it makes sense for it to help with easing the mind into a restful state – ready for deep sleep.

Let Deepak Chopra guide you into dreamland with this meditation for sleep.

Meditation in Everyday Activities

Meditation can help bring certain focus, enlightenment, and clarity to other aspects of your life as well.

For example, if you’re feeling low on energy, it’s good to take a break. Why not take a break with Deepak and refresh your energy with the following meditation? It focuses on maximizing energy to be your most productive self.

Now think about the relationships in your life. Could you use clarity or focus there?

This meditation could help. In the following guided practice, Deepak Chopra calls for you to open your heart to let the joy in and to bring more empathy to your relationships for better understanding on both sides.

Deepak Chopra inspires many because he firmly believes that each person deserves a more fulfilling and joyful life. You can find more meditations as well as participate in the meditation challenge at chopracentermeditation.com.

Now, that you have access to a few of his guided meditations, make time for them during your day. Spire can help by giving you a gentle reminder to break away from the stresses of daily life and spend some time on yourself.

How to Use Exercise To Help Reduce Anxiety

Trying to find ways to manage your anxiety can be hard. When you are in the middle of periods of high anxiety, trying to set your fears aside long enough to find something that helps can be as difficult as giving a presentation at school or work. There are many ways to treat anxiety, but sometimes those treatments can have complications.

For some, the side effects of medication makes them think twice about even giving them a try. However, these aren’t the only anxiety treatments available. In fact, many studies show that exercise can be just as effective as medication. Exercise is easier for many people to get into, and has many benefits that will help reduce your overall anxiety levels. Read on to discover some of the downsides of current anxiety treatments, as well as how exercise can help you avoid those downsides.

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