Anxious-free Mind

Breathe Your Way to An Anxious-free Mind

If you suffer from anxiety, nothing is worse than feeling that familiar throat-clenching and chest-grabbing lack of oxygen that threatens to make you hyperventilate, pass out, or both. It’s really hard to get yourself back on track when you suffer from severe anxiety. You can ask your doctor for medication to help you but you can also try some simple breathing techniques to help you deal better with being anxious.

  • What Is Anxiety? — Afraid you of meeting new people? Worried before taking a test? These are just two examples of being anxious. Everyone is with a “fight or flight” response and severe anxiety is simply that natural response gone a little haywire. It is natural to feel anxious in most of the situations that you probably feel that way in. But realize that even though your heart is beating rapidly, you’re not likely to die from anxiety.
  • Stop and Stay — Instead of allowing the panic response to take over when you are feeling extreme anxiety, stop and stay. If you allow yourself to escape, you’ll just train your body to keep up the overreaction response to normal stimuli. Instead, stop, and focus on something that is likely to be in any room, such as a light fixture or a clock.
  • Breathe in Deeply and Slowly — When your heart starts pounding and your breathing gets rapid, you tend to take in too much oxygen. The results of too much oxygen is a rapid heartbeat, euphoric feelings, and maybe even tingling hands and feet. Stop and close your mouth, breathe in very slowly from your nose filling your chest with air, and then very slowly let the air out by blowing it in a controlled manner out your mouth.
  • Try Holding Your Breath — If breathing slowly isn’t working, slowly actually try holding your breath first to help stop the panic feelings almost immediately. By stopping too much oxygen from going to your brain, you can give your body a chance to catch up so that you can practice the deep breathing method above.
  • Practice Makes Perfect — Most things in life do not come naturally, and neither does breathing like this. When you’re not in an anxious situation, try practicing deep breathing for about 10 minutes each day. Sit or stand comfortably with your upper body erect to give your lungs a lot of room. Breathe in deeply and slowly, pulling air in all the way to the bottom of your lungs then let the air out very slowly.
  • Practice Monitored Breathing — Do the above exercises and alternate between that and normal breathing. Most of us have got into the habit of very shallow breathing, which actually keeps us deprived of oxygen until we are having a panic attack, then we overdose. So when you do the normal breathing, think about it carefully. Ensure that you are breathing into your diaphragm. Think about how a baby looks when he is breathing. That’s the right way.

Breathing properly during times of stress can help you reduce your anxiety levels many times over, but you need to practice doing it when you are not anxious to ensure that you can take control of the situation when you are anxious. If your partner is with you, teach him or her to help you breathe by reminding you to stop, stay and breathe.

When you try any of these techniques, but they seem to not be working fast enough for you. Give yourself some slack, don’t despair, just keep on trying, regularly, and soon you’ll be able to manage your anxiety.

“Slow breathing] is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: The anchor won’t make the storm go away, but it will hold you steady until it passes.” — Russ Harris

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