Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety
When you feel the sensations of fear subside, lie on your back with eyes closed and relax. Sink deeper into your body. Soothing music and aroma therapies are helpful as well, choosing scents that are traditionally known to help clear negative energies, like orange bergamot, camphor, clary sage, peppermint, clove bud and wintergreen.
Don't rush into activity. Your body will be in recovery mode for an hour or so. Drink some herbal tea, avoid stimulants like tobacco and caffeine. Let the calming process continue. Light reading and television are fine. Don't enter into situations that will bring up your anxiety again.
It is natural, however, for relaxation to bring up more physical sensations like the ones you've just cleared. Anxiety attacks in the middle of the night occur because your body is relaxed and therefore tries to release stuck energies of fear and tension. Adopt an approach of countering anxiety in its early stages with the aim of restoring the whole mind-body system to its natural balance. Don't rush or expect instant miracles.
Recovery is a process. Have patience with your body. The whole trick in gaining control over anxiety is to remember that your body is your best ally. Once you train it to let go of negative energies, it will willingly cooperate.
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, which are available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM Channels 102 and 155.
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