While everyone gets anxious or nervous once in a while, when going through any stressful event, for example, or when speaking in front of many people, frequent and forceful anxiety is anything but normal. Persistent anxiety may take over one`s life and prevent them from doing normal, day-to-day activities, such as staying focused at school or functioning optimally at work.
There are a few different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. While each type comes with its own set of unique symptoms, they still have certain symptoms in common. Some of those include irritability, intense fear, difficulty focusing, sweating or trembling, difficulty controlling the worry, sleep problems, and accelerated heart rate.
Even though anti-depressant therapies are the most common anxiety treatment used these days, even doctors now start suggesting stress management techniques like meditation or acupressure.
Traditional Chinese medicine has gradually established its place in Western practices, and things like dietary therapy, massage, meditation, herbal medicine, and tai chi have become all the rage in the West.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is one of those practices, a technique which is based on applying pressure to specific points on the body to provide relief. Given that it has been practiced for over 2,500 years, it must be something right and effective.
As discussed earlier, while Western medicine focuses on pharmaceutical drugs to relieve a certain condition, including mental problems like anxiety, traditional Eastern medicine focuses on the overall human nature, including physical, spiritual, and mental health.
Acupressure works by channeling the body`s inner energy, which in turn relieves anxiety and restores the inner balance. It also reduces muscular tension, boosts circulation, and promotes deep relaxation.
How To Use Acupressure
- Use the finger/ thumb and apply pressure on the area between the eyebrows for 45 seconds
- Start applying more pressure, pushing toward the midpoint of the forehead. Repeat for a minute
- Breathe deeply until you feel relaxation
- Put the finger between the eyebrows again, starting from the slope of the nose
- Apply pressure to the middle of your sternum, between your pectorals at the same time
By encouraging deeper breathing, this technique reduces stress and helps with headaches. On the other hand, the pressure put on the chest helps improve your mood!
You can also try out other acupressure points, such as TW 15 9 ( located on the shoulders, midway between the base of the neck and the outside part of the shoulders), B10 ( located below the base of the skull), P3 ( located on the inner part of the arm, at the lower edge of the elbow crease), P6 ( located in the middle of the inner side of the forearm), H7 ( located little-finger side of the forearm), CV17 ( located in the middle of the breastbone), and many more.
Check out the video below for more in-depth information on acupressure points for anxiety and nervousness:
The fact that Eastern practices like this one are becoming more popular in the West doesn’t come as a surprise since it`s effective, simple, and safe to practice.