Breathe!

Anxiety attacks often begin with racing negative thoughts and shortness of breath, for some this can escalate and be debilitating. Although medical opinion is divided on the effectiveness on breathing techniques, given that one can be performed in less than a minute, it may be worth trying.

I’d suggest that they can be effective for two reasons. Firstly, counting whilst breathing distracts the mind from anxious thoughts, providing a circuit breaker on the downward spiral of catastrophe. Secondly, they negate the shallow breathing that occurs during an attack.

3 Surprising Ways a Deep Breath Can Reduce Your Anxiety - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

3 Surprising Ways a Deep Breath Can Reduce Your Anxiety – Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvementhttp://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/3-surprising-ways-a-deep-breath-can-reduce-your-anxiety/Take a deep breath in through the nose and hold it for a count of four. Then release it through your mouth as though it was a big sigh of relief.
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