Breathe Like a Navy SEAL

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I recently took a survival training with a group of Navy SEALS, and one thing they were adamant about throughout the entire training is how staying relaxed under pressure is a learned skill, not the inherent human trait of our imagination. Over time with practice, you will be able to summon the technique whenever needed. Granted, it may not stop an attack from occurring, but it will lessen the intensity of the attack enough for you to seek additional care. Take five quick breaths in, followed by one long exhale. By the fifth breath, your stomach should be completely full. Then, breathe out completely, leaving your stomach completely empty. Practice this technique every morning upon awakening for five minutes while sitting up in bed. Once you develop a steady routine, begin to also practice it while walking, working, exercising, cooking, and in any other situation where a panic attack may strike.

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