Acupressure can relieve anxiety and nervousness as it increases blood circulation throughout the body and has an overall relaxing effect on muscles and the mind. When you release physical tension, you calm your mind; and when your mind is calm, you can gain a new perspective on the problems underlying your anxious feelings or phobias.
Here are some acupressure points that will help release tension and anxiety.
CV 17 - Chest Center
Located on the middle of the breastbone, at the level of the fourth
intercoastal space (below the fourth rib). It is approximately four finger-widths above the base of the bone.
Close your eyes, breathe slowly and deeply, and use your first three fingers to apply steady gentle pressure to this point. Imagine that you are releasing tension with each breath, that the anxious feelings are leaving your mind.
Third Eye Point (Yintang)
This point is located right between your eyebrows, in the indentation between your forehead and the bridge of your nose.
Press this point while breathing deeply to relieve feelings of nervousness.
B 10 - Heavenly Pillar
Located on the muscle cords of the neck, approximately one inch below the base of the skull and a half inch from the spine. Excellent for relieving tension and insomnia that can result from anxiety.
GB 21 - Shoulder Well
Located on the top of the shoulder muscle, halfway between the tip of the shoulder and the spine. Useful for relieving irritability, frustration, tension, and nervousness. (Do not use during pregnancy.)
P6 - Inner Gate
Located in the center of the inner arm, approximately three finger-widths up from the wrist crease.
Acupressure on these points can alleviate anxiety, heart palpitations, and nausea.
H7 - Spirit Gate
Located on the crease of your wrists on the little finger side of your inner arm. Useful for relieving fear, nervousness, and emotional instability.
Practice acupressure for twenty minutes two times each day for a week. Find the points that work best for you. You can also alternate the points you use in each session. If you do not feel any improvement and your anxiety still remains, consult a professional.
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