Self-calming techniques for reducing anxiety and relaxing include meditation, deep breathing, practicing mindfulness, listening to music and exercising, according to WebMD. A person can use each of these techniques at any time of the day in just a few minutes.
Meditation, deep breathing and mindfulness exercises are easy to combine by sitting or lying down, closing the eyes, focusing on breathing, and trying to keep thoughts on the physical experiences of the present moment. Studies indicate that deep breathing exercises and listening to soothing music reduce feelings of anxiety and lower the heart rate and blood pressure, states WebMD. Self-calming exercise can be as simple as taking a walk around the block, walking up or down stairs or stretching the muscles.