7 : 11 BREATHING EXERCISE FOR ANXIETY & PANIC
A FAST, EFFECTIVE METHOD TO ACHIEVE CLEAR, MEASURABLE RESULTS
We all do it already, but most of us don’t do it well. Shallow breathing is terrible for our lung function and increases anxiety. When we're anxious, and especially when we feel a panic attack coming on, "fight or flight" kicks in and breathing gets shallower, making the problem even worse. Fight or flight is the activation of the Sympathetic Nervous System, getting us ready to run from a threat. But what if there's no actual threat?
By consciously breathing deeply, we can activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System; the opposite of fight or flight. Breathing out for longer than we breathe in will cause the heart rate to slow and decrease blood pressure, lowering emotional arousal and creating a feeling of calm.
Practicing this technique regularly, even when we don't feel anxious, lowers our overall stress level and allows us to quickly enter a relaxed state.