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7 Ways to Chill Out

Everyone needs to chill out. Whether you're having a panic attack, you're stressed out or simply angry, here's  seven effective ways you can calm down.

Tanglewood Wellness is a peaceful oasis amid the hectic chaos of modern life. Whether you just need a break, you're suffering from anxiety or a mental disorder, let us help you "chill out" with these methods:

Music Therapy

Music therapy is very effective for all types of emotions. It works on anger, stress, and even depression. The point of this is listen to upbeat music to put you in a happy mood. Or if you're in a panic attack, soft, soothing music is best to help you relax and get out of it.

One thing you want to avoid doing during music therapy is listening to sad or angry songs. This will only help you connect with those negative emotions. Listening to angry music may often cause a panic attack too. This is definitely not a good way to chill out. You want to listen to either happy, upbeat music, or soft, soothing music.

Exercise

Exercise is extremely effective in helping you get your emotions out at the time, as well as relaxation later. It helps your body burn excess energy, tires the demons running around in your mind, depletes the body of the fight or flight hormones, and releases endorphins in the brain to regulate your mood and relax the mind.

One time you wouldn't want to use exercise to chill out is if you're having a panic attack (if you have the ability to even "decide" to exercise during an attack). This will just stimulate the central nervous system even more.

Try methods of relaxation (as seem below) for a panic attack. However, for long-term therapy, exercise is a great treatment.

Meditation

This method is widely becoming known as one of the most effective methods for relaxation. In fact, many psychologists are now recommending this to their patients, especially for treatments of anxiety and anger.

Meditation causes a deep state of relaxation in the mind and body. It causes inner calmness and peacefulness. It is great for many emotions, as it takes your mind off of everything else in the world if it is done properly.

"Done properly" is important. If you've ever tried to just suddenly meditate, you've probably realized how hard it is to actually shut off your mind. There's a great book called Panic Away that will help you learn proper techniques, as it relates to relieving yourself of anxiety and panic attacks.

Deep Breathing

There are many breathing exercises to control your mind, but deep breathing is specifically used for relaxation. It is extremely effective on stress and panic attacks. It helps to calm the racing thoughts in your mind. It calms the brain. The brain then sends a message to the rest of your body, calming you down.

There are several deep breathing exercises, all having different effects on different people. Look a few of them up and try them out. See which exercises have the most effect on you.

Mental Visualization

Mental visualization is a great technique for anxiety. It takes your mind off of things, and relaxes the mind and brain.

In order to do this, allow your mind to form pictures of certain places or events that make you happy. Have everything go the way you'd like them go. There should be no stress at all in your mental visualizations. Doing this could help to reduce the negative thoughts and actions.

Mental aspects of this technique helps to release the brain's natural chemicals such as endorphins. It also works to expand your ability to rest and relax by focusing your mind on more calming images.

Cognitive Diversions

This distracts your mind through different mental diversions such as counting backwards from 100. This is a great mind distraction for worried or anxious thoughts.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This will relax your muscle tension in your body. To start off, you tense every muscle in your body. You will then relax every muscle in your body. You should feel the effects right away, but the effects will get stronger the more you repeat this process.