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How To Get Relief From Stress and Anxiety?

Almost everyone suffers from stress and anxiety. How you deal with stress and anxiety once you identify the symptoms will determine if casual stress will transform into chronic anxiety disorder. There are a few things that can be done to help relax you and decrease your stress.

Know What Works For You

Find out if you are someone that is relaxed in a social environment or when you are alone.  Being able to decipher what work for you will help you to figure out what types of social settings to avoid.

Body Scan Meditation

Body scan meditations is something that is rather new to the Western world.  Basically, you think about the different parts of your body, how it works, the senses and feelings that come to that part of your body at a particular time, and how to relax that part of the body.  Some people refer to it as taking a tour of your body with your mind.  The idea behind body scan meditations is not to change your body but to be aware of it in both the tense and relaxed states.  At the end of a body scan meditation, your body should be fully relaxed.

Visualization Meditation

The Visualization method is a meditation technique in which you use mental imagery to imagine pictures, things smells, feelings and places.  People who do this method of meditation usually block off thirty minutes of their day to think about positive, happy things.  You must be careful when doing the visualization method of meditation for stress and anxiety relief.  With your eyes closed and deep breathing, many people find themselves falling asleep during their sessions.



Benzodiazepines are a class of anti-anxiety medications.  You should take a dosage thirty minutes to an hour after you begin feeling anxious or have a panic attack. Some medications that are regularly prescribed for anti-anxiety are:

Xanax (alprazolam)

Klonopin (clonazepam)

Valium (diazepam)

Ativan (lorazepam)

As with any medication, there are side effects. Benzodiazepines are known to reduce brain activity and can cause the following:

  • It can make you drowsy or sleepy.
  • It can make your reflexes slow.
  • You may have a lack of coordination when taking these medications.
  • Your speech may become slurred.
  • You may get confused or disoriented easily.
  • You may feel dizzy or lightheaded when taking this medication.
  • Your judgment may become impaired when taking this medication.
  • You may become forgetful.
  • You can get an upset stomach on these medications.
  • These medications have been known to cause vision problems in some patients.

If you suffer from depression do not take Benzodiazepines as one side effect of it can be an increase in depression.  Sometimes, people who take anti-anxiety medications can begin having symptoms which may outweigh the benefit of taking the medication.  Some patients have been known to become aggressive or show hostility and rage when taking Benzodiazepines.  Other patients have reported hallucinating.

Whether it is a natural method or a medicinal method, find the right means of obtaining stress and anxiety relief for you.


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