Thursday, 9 February 2012

How To Use Breathing Exercises For Anxiety |

We all experience anxiety from time to time. How we choose to deal with it can determine the control it has over our daily lives and our ability to accomplish tasks. There are many ways to reduce anxiety, but one of the most convenient is to practice breathing exercises. Breathing exercises can be done anywhere, as soon as you feel anxiety coming on. They help to relax you and allow you to refocus.

Step 1

Sit in your office chair, on the floor or, if it is convenient, lie on the floor on your back.

Step 2

Rest quietly and pay attention to each part of your body. Recognize those areas where you feel stress or tension. Focus on the speed and deepness of your breathing.

Step 3

Place your hands on your abdominal area, and feel it rise and fall with each breath.

Step 4

Breathe in through your nose deeply. Your breath should fill your abdomen, causing it to expand. If it doesn't, you should focus on breathing more deeply.

Step 5

Imagine forcing the air into your extremities as you breathe in.

Step 6

Exhale slowly, yet forcefully, through your mouth, while keeping your mouth and jaws relaxed.

Step 7

Imagine the tension you feel leaving your body and melting to the floor as you exhale.

Step 8

Repeat the breathing exercise for five to ten minutes. Refocus and return to your work with less anxiety and a new outlook.

Tips and Warnings

  • It's okay if you have less than five minutes to perform breathing exercises. Taking even a few breaths while following these steps will relax you. If possible, do these breathing exercises in a quiet atmosphere, free of distractions.


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