Breathing deeply and purposefully is instantly calming to the body and mind. When our stress gets the better of us and we feel anxiety rising, breathing is an effective way to relax and centre ourselves. Meditative and yogic breathing practices are particularly good for those dealing with ongoing anxiety and stress - find a reputable local class or practitioner who can assist you with these techniques.
CALM YOURSELF FAST - The 5 | 5 | 5 Breath
This exercise can be done anytime, anywhere to slow your heart rate and calm your body and mind. It's up to you if you would like to inhale and exhale through your mouth or your nose; sometimes alternating the two can feel pleasant.
1. Be seated or recline if possible, and try to release any tension in the body. Relax the muscles in the shoulders, neck, jaw and brow. Close your eyes if you wish.
2. Take a full, deep breath IN, counting to five. Feel your lungs expand to full capacity. Count as slowly as your possibly can to prolong the breath.
3. HOLD this breath to the count of five. Don't rush, and keep your count at the same pace as your inhale.
4. RELEASE the breath, and count to five again at the same pace.
5. Repeat as many times as necessary. Keeping your counting steady will create a calming rhythm for you to work with.
Finish your breathing exercise by creating some positive thoughts. No matter what is going on in our lives, we have the choice at any moment to take control and redirect our thoughts. The affirmation below by Louise Hay is excellent for any stressful situation or problem that may arise in your life.
All is well.
Everything is working out for my highest good.
Out of this particular situation, only good will come.
I am safe.