3 Anxiety Breathing Techniques You Can Practice Anywhere
December 2, 2010
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Breathing Techniques are a safe and natural way to calm anxiety. And once learned, you can practice them anywhere. Just three minutes of calm breathing can help you settle racing thoughts and reduce anxiety.

Many people living with high levels of anxiety tend to breathe high up in their chest. Shallow breathing can increase anxiety by building into hyperventilation that causes an imbalance in oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. Slow, steady breathing focusing on a longer exhalation redresses this imbalance and takes the body out of the fight or flight and anxiety into a more relaxed state. Working with anxiety calming breathing techniques sends a message to your nervous system that allows it to downgrade anxiety and switch into the relaxation response.



Here are 3 of our favourite Anxiety Breathing Techniques


1. The Measured Breath

Here's how to do it:



2. The Bumble Bee Breath

You might prefer to be alone for this one as you'll be making a noise. Strange though it sounds, this little technique has been used for thousands of years for calming the mind and it feels so good that you probably won't care what people think. Whenever I teach workshops on meditation or reducing stress and anxiety the Bumble Bee Breath is always a favourite.

Here's how to do it: 



And finally, the most popular breathing exercise for anxiety: Diaphragmatic, or Belly, breathing. This exercise is especially effective when panic or anxiety attacks strike. I recommend you try it any time you feel slightly stressed, or aggravated so you become really familiar with it. Then, if you find yourself feeling anxious or hyper-ventilating you can start belly breathing immediately and it will help you feel in control fast.


3. Belly Breathing for Relaxation



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