Stop Anxiety Quickly With This Simple Breathing Technique
It’s that time of year again! It is wonderful and amazing and beautiful and festive and fun to spend time with family and friends. It can also be quite overwhelming for some of us. That’s why it’s extremely important to set aside time for serious self-care.
Throughout your busy holiday schedule, try to carve out some alone time for yourself to meditate, journal, and breathe. Below is one of my favorite breathing techniques. You can do this in the morning for grounding or in the evening to release any negative emotions that are no longer serving you.
This exercise will calm your overactive, anxiety inducing, sympathetic nervous system and allow your calming and balancing parasympathetic nervous system to take over.
Here’s how to do it
1. Sit up straight in a chair, or lie down flat on a comfortable surface. Place the tip of your tongue against the tissue just beneath your upper front teeth. Try to hold this position for the duration of the exercise.
2. Breath in slowly through your nose for a moderate count of four.
3. Hold your breath for a moderate count of seven.
4. Exhale slowly through your mouth for a moderate count of eight. Pucker your lips so that you can exhale slowly.
This exercise has helped my clients deter their anxiety in just a few minutes. Hope it can serve you as well.