Acupressure points that can alleviate nervousness and anxiety

Have you ever experienced that feeling of being struck by a sudden and debilitating bout of nervousness? Sometimes, your heart might feel like it’s pumping so hard that it could burst. If you have, then you could be suffering from some form of anxiety. It might be difficult to manage anxiety and nervousness, but it is not impossible. Natural remedies, such as acupressure, can help to effectively alleviate these mental health conditions.

There are several different types of anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. These disorders are often accompanied by symptoms of nervousness and palpitations. Palpitations or a rapid beating of the heart are harmless on their own, but frequent palpitations could be a sign of some underlying heart health problem. These heart problems could also be triggered by nervousness and anxiety. Some ways to help manage anxiety include avoiding alcohol, practicing relaxation techniques, and exercising regularly. (Related: Just 10 minutes of brisk walking and meditation can significantly reduce anxiety.)

Acupressure works by stimulating certain acupressure points in the body that correspond to specific vital organs. This allows the flow of “qi” or healing energy to move freely around your body and optimize the functions of your organs. By doing this, acupressure can help you relax, release tension, and restore inner harmony. It can also help to mitigate the triggers of anxiety and nervousness. With the increased circulation and released tension, you will begin to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Useful acupressure points for alleviating nervousness and anxiety

You can stimulate these acupressure points to relax your senses and calm down your mind and body:

  • Triple Warmer 15. Also called the Heavenly Rejuvenation point, this point can certainly make you feel heavenly and relaxed when it is properly stimulated. You can find this point on each of your shoulders. They are just half an inch below the top of your shoulders and midway between the base of your neck the outside of your shoulders. Once you have found these spots, curve your fingers and place your right hand on your right shoulder while keeping your left hand on your left shoulder. Use your fingertips to press down on the points. Do this while keeping your eyes closed and breathing in long, deep breaths. This can help to relax nervousness and palpitations and reduce neck pain, stiffness, and tension.
  • Heart 7. Overcome anxiety, nervousness, and palpitations by stimulating the Heart 7 or Spirit Gate point. It can be found on the crease of your wrist, on the side of your little finger. Massage this area by using your middle finger to press down on the spot for one minute. Do this while breathing deeply, then repeat the process on the other hand. It is a useful acupressure point for the treatment of emotional imbalances, fear, insomnia, cardiac pain, irritability, and chest pain.
  • Bladder 10. Activating the Bladder 10 point can bring quick relief from your anxiety. Also known as the Heavenly Pillar, this point can be located just one finger width below the base of your skull. You should be able to feel the ropy muscles on your neck, just half an inch outside of your spine. Curve your fingertips and place them on your neck muscles. Firmly apply pressure to the area while taking slow, long and deep breaths. Stimulating this point can help alleviate nervousness, stress, exhaustion, neck pain, stiffness and heaviness of the head.
  • Pericardium 3. This point is also called the Crooked Marsh and is a useful acupressure point for managing nervousness, anxiety, and palpitations. When you bend your arm, you can see this point at the lower edge of your elbow crease. You can use your thumb to press down on this point for one minute as you breathe intensely through your nose. Release all that pent-up stress and nervous tension, then repeat the process on your other arm. Other symptoms this point can help relieve include nausea, wrist pain, elbow pain, and chest discomfort.

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