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Regulating Anxiety Through Pressure Points

Jacqueline Swietochowski, ATR

We all experience some level of anxiety at some point in our lives. The feeling of being anxious can be very uncomfortable, heavy, draining as well as overpowering. Often, anxiety can also result in one being fearful, threatened, stressed, worried and nervous. As a result, individuals can experience physical symptoms and weakness.

Often, you can regulate the feeling of anxiety through relaxation techniques, hobbies, exercise, entertainment, or talking with someone. Most individuals can cope with their anxiety and return to their normal daily routines without significant disruption. However, in some cases, some individual’s anxiety levels are more intense and prolonged, becoming more disruptive and abnormal.

There are many anxiety reduction techniques that individuals can use. I find it beneficial for my clients who struggle with anxiety and stress to try Anxiety Reduction Pressure Points/Acupressure Points for Anxiety. These techniques promote stress relief, wellness and take your mind off of the actual anxiety/stress itself. Here are two acupressure points to help you with alleviating anxiety and stress right from your home.

1. PERICARDIUM: TO SOOTHE ANXIETY AND PROMOTE DEEPER SLEEP

  • Use your thumb to press into the point and breathe.
  • Apply a firm but comfortable pressure.
  • Move your thumb in a circular motion and take ten deep breaths while applying pressure, then switch and do the other wrist.

 

2. LARGE INTESTINE: TO RELIEVE HEADACHES AND OTHER BODILY PAIN

  • Gently pinch the web between your left hand’s index finger and thumb with your right thumb and right index finger.
  • Rotate the right thumb in a circular motion.
  • As the resistance releases, gradually apply more pressure.
  • Breathe slow and deep as you do this, and then switch sides.
  • Keep rubbing until you feel a release in the area

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