Exercises for anxiety that calm your brain:

Relaxing exercises for anxiety induce an inner calm.

  1. Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness means living in the present moment and allowing our anxiety and worries about the past and future to fade away. Use all of your senses to fully experience your moment, your life. When you notice your thoughts wandering, gently turn them back to what you’re doing.
  2. Use imagery. This involves focusing your attention on a calming object or image, visualizing it completely (what does it look like? Sound like? What colours do you see Etc.) in your mind while breathing slowly and deeply.
  3. Massage. Allow yourself to go for a massage.  Touch is a powerful exercise to help anxiety.
  4. Meditation. Even just 10 minutes a day will soothe the brain and reduce anxiety. Don’t worry so much about technique or “getting it right.” Sit comfortably, breathe deeply, and simply let your thoughts come and go.
  5. Progressive relaxation. With or without a recording, concentrate on each part of your body, one at a time. Starting at your feet, tense, hold, and relax your muscles. Work your way up to your head.
  6. Take quiet breaks. Anxiety can build throughout the day. Notice when your anxiety is increasing, and take a short break where it’s quiet and you can focus on yourself again and calm down.
  7. Listen to or read  Zikr. It is very calming for the heart and soul.
  8. Read Salaah and be present at all times. You feel better almost instantly.

Nadia Latib

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