How to restore calm
When we become anxious our breathing becomes compromised. It becomes shallow, rigid and constricted. To restore a feeling of calm, try this very simple breathing exercise:
What You'll Need
- Just yourself
What You'll Do
- Sit in a comfortable seated position, place your hands softly on your belly, and bring your awareness to the movement of your breath as it flows in and out of your nose.
- As you place your awareness on the breath, notice with each inhalation the breath filling your belly and chest, and as the breath flows out, how the exhalation releases tension from the body.
- While you continue to feel the flow of your breath, gently soften your navel region, allow your belly to relax. Feel the belly gently rise and fall with each inhalation and exhalation.
- Continue to slow and deepen the breath for 5 minutes.
- Deep belly breathing practised in this way calm the mind, and rests the body – allowing the anxious symptoms to subside.
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