The easiest and most effective exercise to combat anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders among the Spanish population. Almost all of us have suffered or will suffer an episode in the coming years. The stress generated by everyday life, Now increased by the exceptional situation we entered after the coronavirus pandemic, it continues to affect many, many adult people in our country.

What to do at times like this? Sometimes arrives without warning, you get up on the wrong foot and don't know how to continue the day. In those cases, it is best to be aware that as soon as it has arrived it will pass and you will be able to contemplate reality with good eyes. Expert psychologists recommend meditation therapy and relaxing activities to make episodes less frequent. In any case, it influences a lot the lifestyle that you lead, what you eat and if you exercise regularly, since this allows the body to release endorphins, known as "hormones of happiness". If you have bad habits, such as drinking or smoking, you are more predisposed to suffer more frequent or more intense attacks.

We all have beautiful memories. Accessing, activating or reinforcing them is necessary for good mental health.

One of the latest theories to curb feelings of anxiety or stress is to focus on good thoughts, in which we were happy or were in full swing of our physical or mental capabilities. Basically, many psychologists try to train the patient so that remove distressing experiences from your mind through which he has had to pass and which they left openwork inside him, making him unable to move on. What the traumas come to be.

"We all have beautiful memories within us, even if they are comfort or security, experiences we have had in which we feel powerful and brave," he says. Laurel Parnell, expert psychologist, in 'Best Life'. "These memories, qualities and images are stored in our network of body and mind, and can be accessed, activated and even strengthened."

The EDMR program

How can we make those scenes in which we did not have so many problems or seemed happier impact us in order to be well in the present? Some therapists use the technique of "resource installation ", a technique that is part of the so-called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing program, better known by the acronym EDMR. This was developed in the 80s by the neurologist Francine Saphiro, which consists of reducing the trauma of the patients based on a very simple act: close your eyes and then move them up and downLike when you sleep, while you fix that beautiful memory in your mind.

You can focus on positive personal experiences where you felt acceptance, courage, compassion, or love. The most effective, according to the magazine 'Best Life', is to remember relaxing images or loved ones. Then, close your eyes and pay attention to all your senses. What do you see? What do you hear What do you smell What emotions do you feel?

As the various images appear, begin to move your eyes from side to side as if you were guided by a pendulum. Do this for a few minutes until you can clearly see that beautiful memory that is appearing in your head and stay calm. Although it is not mandatory or explicit in the original technique, if you write a diary right after doing the exercise it can be even more beneficial. This will allow you manage your emotions positive and reflect on them so that they overcome the negative in anxiety episodes.

These types of exercises are closely associated with the connection you have nostalgia with the feeling of happiness. Even if it is not entirely good to fall into the trap of memories and to contemplate the present with the eyes of the past, it is undoubtedly an activity that if you take it as a kind of personal journey to those happy moments you will be able to better face your current situation or what you hope or wish to come next.