Clenching Tips | How to Clench for Anxiety Relief | What not to Clench?
- Creates a moment of distraction – when you are stressed, you need some distraction stimulus for your mind and body. A simple clench, hold and go regimen can help. Just try it when stuck in a traffic jam
- Creates a moment of vasoconstriction – you need to read about how ice-packs work in alleviating anxiety by combining vasoconstriction and vasodilation. Essentially, blood supply is held-up and then let go and returned to normal within a few seconds, creating a feeling of wellness
- Works better than stress balls – this type of pinching is more pronounced since your fingers and nails actually press harder into the skin. You feel it more, making it more effective than some fuzz ball
- Lets you know there is immediate help – many people diagnosed with chronic anxiety can get anxious about having forgotten their tablet for the day in the lead-up to a big meeting. Now, you can relax. Help is available, literally within your grasp!
- Find clenching possibilities that are unseen - you might be in a situation where you need to clench to let go of the anxiety but there are too many eyeballs staring at you. Here, you can clench in a way that is not easily visible. This includes your big toe or holding your hands together in a casual manner and squeezing one of the fingers. The squeeze should be hard and even if it hurts for a second, don't hesitate...this will not kill!
Not all clenching is good!
Many people with constant anxiety symptoms tend to clench-in and hold their butt-cheeks. This is not the type of clenching I am recommending. This is something you don't want to do as it can cause acidity and reflux too.