21 Easy Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Now

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All of us experience anxiety on occasion – it is a normal part of life. Our health, finances, jobs, and family all can cause us to worry at times.

And, sometimes we experience feelings of nervousness, restlessness, and stress without knowing exactly what is provoking those feelings.

Fortunately, there are simple things we can do to alleviate or better manage anxiety.

Here are 21 easy ways to calm yourself down and relax when a wave of worry hits you.

1) Breathe: Deep diaphragmatic breathing is a powerful anxiety-reducing trick because it activates the body’s relaxation response. It helps your body shift from the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system to the relaxed response of the parasympathetic nervous system. Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist, suggests slowly inhaling to a count of 4, filling your belly first and then your chest, gently holding your breath to a count of


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