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Breathing is one of the most basic and important functions of the human body, but it is also one of the most underrated tools we have for managing stress and anxiety. When we are anxious, our breathing becomes shallower and faster, which can lead to feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or even short of breath. But by taking a few deep, slow breaths, we can send a signal to our brain that everything is okay and help our bodies to relax.
There are a few different ways to breathe to calm anxiety. One is to focus on your breath and count to four as you inhale, then count to four as you exhale. Another is to inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four. You can also try inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Whichever method you choose, the important thing is to be mindful of your breathing and to focus on each breath. This will help your body to relax and to release the tension that is causing your anxiety.
It is a simple and quick exercise to do. Just inhale 5s and exhale 5s for 5 minutes. In addition to relaxing you, it can significantly reduce stress and anxiety. Want to try? Download our free app:
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