Do you know what the first thing we forget to do in a moment of fear or panic? It’s breathe. That’s right.
The challenge for each one of us is that when fight or flight mode is triggered and we unconsciously pick “flight” the most natural thing in the world to do is hold your breath.
It’s just something that we’re all hardwired to do.
Perhaps this instinctual reaction kept us quiet so that predators couldn’t hear the sound of our breathing and find us. Or perhaps holding our breath enabled us to hear better because we weren’t panting so loudly.
Whatever the case this reaction does, in fact, make evolutionary sense.
But this doesn’t help you much when fear, anxiety or panic strikes…
An anxiety breathing technique
Now, the first thing that we need to remind ourselves when a panic or anxiety attack gets triggered is to breathe. Now, this is no secret. Every therapist and book on anxiety tells you to breathe.
However, this particular and specific way to breathe, called circular breathing, comes from ancient China and is especially suited to calming you and giving you access to your resources.
Here’s the technique…
Imagine your breath coming in to the tips of your toes and then flowing up the back of your legs, up your spine, and over the top of your head.
With your lungs full pause for a count of three “Mississippi’s” when your breath reaches a spot in front of your four head.
Release the breath down the front of your body.
Pause for a moment (3 seconds) with empty lungs before breathing the next breath in through the tips of your toes and up the backs of your legs and spine. You’re making a circle with your breath.
Repeat 10 times, or as long as you can stay focused on your breath. As you breathe in imagine that you are bringing in relaxation, and as you breathe out imagine letting go or breathing out any stress, tension or fear that you may be feeling.
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