Breathe & Relax: Simple Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Learn tried-and-true techniques to help ease stress and anxiety.
Air Date: 9/18/15
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Mary Heath, Author & Life Coach
Mary-HeathAs a Stress Management Consultant, Stress Counselor, Life Coach and Therapist, Mary Heath worked in Mental Health for almost 30 years helping patients and clients to overcome their stress, anxiety and depression. Embracing therapies such as Pranayama Yoga, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Solution Focused Therapy she worked both on a one-to-one basis as well as delivering courses, workshops and seminars. She retired in 2010 and devoted her time to writing Get Your Life Back and her Breathe & Relax CD. Born in Lancashire near Liverpool she now lives in Solihull in the UK with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and holidaying across the world.
  • Book Title: Get Your Life Back: A Twelve-Week Journey to Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008875815919
Breathe & Relax: Simple Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety
So many individuals suffer from anxiety in today's society.

What exactly is causing all of this angst?

According to Stress Management Consultant and author, Mary Heath, anxiety often stems from too much pressure and too much stress. If stress isn't managed, the body is in permanent fight-or-flight response and anxiety is the typical result.

In her 30 years of experience, Mary has found tried-and-true techniques that help ease stress and anxiety.

First is relaxation. You cannot feel stressed or anxious at the same time of feeling relaxed. 

Second, Mary teaches her clients to live in the moment and take one day at a time. Stress and anxiety generally comes from the past or the future. If you can focus on the here and now, even if you're feeling unpleasant symptoms, you can learn to manage your stress and anxiety.

Third, learn to get your breathing under control. Anxiety causes shallow and rapid breathing, especially if the anxiety grows into panic disorder/panic attack. Breathe in and out through the nose, deep from the belly. A great calming sequence is to breathe in for a count a seven seconds, then breathe out for a count of 11 seconds. This helps begin the relaxation response.

Mary also teaches yoga breathing techniques and even has an audio CD, Breathe & Relax, that helps people relax and keep calm.

Listen in as Mary joins Dr. Susanne to share more about her anxiety-reducing techniques, as well as simple ways you can learn to ease the stress and anxiety in your own life.