“Oh, just relax,” they’ll insist.
“Stop stressing so much,” they’ll nag.
Sure, if it were ONLY that simple.
Besides, let’s face it. The MORE you’re harassed to control your anxiety, the LESS likely you’ll be to actually do it.
The truth is, relaxation just doesn’t come that easy to some of us. And we certainly can’t do it on demand.
But it also isn’t a frivolous waste of time either. Or something we should indulge in just because it feels good. It has real-world benefits.
Relaxation is the secret ingredient you need to fight of health-destroying stress. And when you do it right, it can ease, or even eliminate, anxiety, depression, and other serious, health-wrecking conditions.
So today, I’m going to share with you my two-step, no-fuss, anxiety-busting plan that can help take the edge off for anyone.
Yes… EVEN YOU.
Why is relaxing so darned hard?!
Sometimes, the least relaxing thing in the world is TRYING to relax.
Take a hot tub, for example. Some folks just LOVE kicking back and soaking.
For them, there’s nothing more calming. And they would happily soak all day… especially if there’s a drink in one hand.
But others climb in the water, sit there for about a minute, then think: “Now what?”
And by minute two, they’re nxiety levels are climbing and they’re looking for a way out.
Where’s my towel? I’m outta here!
And if that sounds at all familiar, this new research is for you. The study revealed that some folks don’t just struggle to de-stress. Their stress level skyrockets even further if they try to “force” relaxation on themselves.
In other words, an attempt to fight stress can backfire and actually cause it.
2 steps to tackle anxiety and reduce stress
Penn State researchers tried popular relaxation techniques on people with depression, anxiety, or no obvious problems at all.
In some cases, they helped… or at least were harmless. But one set of volunteers hated every minute of it. And those were the folks with a particular form of anxiety called worrying.
Do you tend to obsess about things that haven’t happened and might never happen, but, at least theoretically, COULD happen? If so, then you might have a touch (or more) of this worrying issue yourself.
But that doesn’t mean you CAN’T relax. In fact, I have two steps you can take to help you do JUST that.
Step one is to keep trying to de-stress. You don’t have to burn incense and chant, and you certainly don’t need to hold hands and sing.
But science-backed techniques such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, aromatherapy and – yes – a dip in the hot tub or sit in the sauna have been proven to work wonders at reducing anxiety for some people.
If those don’t cut it for you, however – if you’re like the folks in the study who suffered from more anxiety instead of less – it’s onto step two.
The adaptogenic herb ashwagandha is a staple in traditional Indian medicine. Healers have used it for centuries to fight off stress and anxiety and wipe out the fatigue that often accompanies them.
It’s available both on its own and as part of powerful herbal blends aimed at fighting off stress. Look for it online or anywhere supplements are sold.