Breathing happens automatically so we don’t pay much attention to it. Yet when we feel anxious our breath becomes shallow, and the lungs do not fully inflate. Sometimes we even hold our breath. Another usually, we’re unaware we’re doing it. But shallow breathing can increase feeling tired and overwhelmed. Breathing exercises can help relieve muscle tension and anxiety while improving lung function and posture.
Take 3 deep breaths in through the nose for the count of 4. Hold for the count of 4 then exhale for the count of 4. The following phrases from guided meditations can help:
Breathe in strength breathe out fear
Breathe in calm and breathe out tension.
When feeling overwhelmed stop and take 3 deep breaths.
What matters most? Using breathing exercises to help promote calm.
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