9. Relaxing Bath
Hot water baths have relaxing properties that provide relief from anxiety and stress. It gives calm, reassuring feeling and has an analgesic effect.
In a paper published in 1954, it was reported that patients felt relief from symptoms of anxiety and tension after a hot bath which helped relax their muscles .
- Mix one cup of Epsom salt (magnesium salt) in a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Alternatively, you can add five to seven drops of an aromatherapy essential oil like chamomile, lavender, ylang-ylang, geranium or bergamot, along with an ounce of carrier oil like jojoba oil, to your bath water. Soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes.
Massaging your body, especially your neck, shoulders, back and the bottoms of your feet, can help a great deal in relaxing your body and relieving anxiety.
Massaging is a very effective physical technique to reduce anxiety. A study published in the Journal of Caring Science in 2012 demonstrated that a gentle hand massage before an ophthalmic surgery increased patient comfort and reduced anxiety .
You can use any massage oil such as sesame, sunflower, coconut or corn oil for this purpose. For best results, use six or seven ounces of the oil of your choice after heating it slightly.
Massage daily before taking your morning bath or at night before going to bed. Continue for a few weeks, or include it in your daily routine if you are prone to anxiety.
Along with these natural remedies, using some preventive measures to reduce and control anxiety such as smoking cessation and restricting the amount of caffeine can be beneficial.
Also, improve your lifestyle by incorporating regular exercise, sleep routine, eat whole food diet and do yoga or other relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, visualization, and music therapy to further reduce your anxiety long term.
If you are experiencing intense anxiety or suffering from an anxiety-related disorder, consult an expert for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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