An Anxiety Relief Exercise That Uses Your Body as Resource

January 31, 2018 Melissa Renzi

Anxiety relief exercises focus on getting rid of your tension. This anxiety relief exercise uses your body as a resource of calm, not nervous energy. Try it.

Anxiety relief exercises often draw your attention to the anxiety itself. But this one uses your body as a resource to calm anxiety (Ignore Anxiety–Pay Attention to What Anxiety Is Not). Your body is one of the most important resources you can use to treat anxiety. What does it really mean to use the body as a resource? Learn more and try this anxiety relief exercise.

Anxiety Relief Exercise to Help You Tap into Your Calm

You may have been advised to notice what you're feeling in your body when you experience anxiety symptoms. It can be helpful in some circumstances to notice where tension and stress sit in the body. But when you're experiencing anxiety or stress, it may be more helpful to tap into the place that feels most calm or neutral in your body. In this way, you can use the body as an anchoring resource to help you treat anxiety.

In the video below, I demonstrate a simple anxiety relief exercise that taps into your body resource. I'd love to hear how this works for you.

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Renzi, M. (2018, January 31). An Anxiety Relief Exercise That Uses Your Body as Resource, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

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January, 27 2021 at 1:58 pm

This was so helpful, Melissa. I have ADHD and sensory processing issues, plus I'm a mom, and I am trying to get to the place where my kids can just be kids without worrying about whether their mom is stressed out or not. I want to welcome all the ways that they want to be. I will be using this technique.

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