Broadly defined as apprehensive uneasiness of the mind usually over an anticipated or impending ill, anxiety is part of human life as people face the life’s challenges and the unknowns of the future. While anxiety is largely unpleasant, good can come from it. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) , “Anxiety helps us get out of harm’s way and prepare for important events, and it warns us when we need to take action.” However, too much anxiety can cause complications. In fact, according to Anxiety Centre, anxiety can cause heart palpitations, headaches, chest pains, an upset stomach, dizziness, insomnia, and shooting pains. Fortunately, you can effectively deal with anxiety through acupressure, which involves massaging some key points. Which acupressure points can help relieve anxiety? Modern Reflexology advises you to massage the TW15 and take in deep breaths when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. This point ought to help relieve palpitations and nervousness and “is located on both the shoulders, midway between the base of the neck and outside of the shoulders, one-half inch below the top of the shoulders.” The P3 is another pressure point. It is beneficial for relieving nausea, anxiety, nervousness, palpitations, and chest discomfort. It is located: “on the inside of the arm, at the lower edge of the elbow crease when the arm is bent.”
The recommendation is to press the spot for one minute while breathing “intensely” through the nose. CV17, otherwise known as the ‘Sea of Tranquility’, is the most well-known acupressure point for easing anxiety. It is found at the center of the breastbone, where the sternum dips. How the CV17 point works To make the CV17 point work, you should breathe deeply while pressing the point firmly for 1-2 minutes. According to Modern Reflexology: “It helps to soothe chest tension, emotional imbalance, nervousness, anxiety, anguish, depression and hysteria.” Besides helping with anxiety, this point can also help with sore throats, asthma, mastitis, and insufficient lactation. What else can you do to relieve stress? There are several things you can do, besides acupressure, to help manage and ease stress. ADAA suggests taking some time out to rest and relax. You also need to eat healthy food and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol as they can trigger panic attacks.
Likewise, have some sense of humor as laughter is always good medicine. It is also advisable to figure out what causes your anxiety and stress. Regular exercise is also great for stress relief while keeping the body healthy.