Breathing to release Anxiety
A breath to use when ever anxiety shows itself. Deep abdominal breathing.
What You'll Need
- awareness of your breath.
What You'll Do
- If you are out and about and Anxiety starts to rise within you, your most important tool is your breath. Stop somewhere and just notice the speed of your inhale and exhale. Notice if you are breathing high in the body and then imagine your breath filling your lower abdomen. As you focus on dropping your breath to help you place one hand or both on your tummy button and breathe into your hand. Feel the movement as your tummy moves in and out, relaxing through the tummy. If you can't stop somewhere, then listen to the sound or rhythm of your walking and/or count how many beats or steps your inhale in and your exhale are. See if you can make each part of your breath longer, so counting more beats/steps per breath. Feel your feet as you walk, and make sure to relax the jaw too!
Tips & Warnings
- If you feel light headed at any point lower your vision to the ground, or sit down. Continue until you feel the anxiety dissipating and the breath lengthening and soothing you. Become as friendly as you can with your breath, its with us for life so we might as well learn how to harness the power within it.
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