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Lowering Anxiety with Deep Breathing

One of the most simple ways of lowering anxious feelings is the practice of deep breathing. It is completely portable and can be done almost anywhere at anytime. To begin, take a long, slow, deep breath in through your nose. Imagine filling your belly first and then your chest. Hold for a second or two and then release the breath through your mouth as slowly as you are able, like slowly blowing out a candle. Continue this for 5-10 minutes each day to help the body naturally feel calm.

When we perceive something threatening, our bodies respond with hormones that are meant to protect us by being ready to run, fight or freeze. When we are continually anxious, our bodies are continually in that state of fight, flight or freeze which then makes us feel fearful and nervous. When we practice deep breathing, we are physiologically sending a message to our brains to release hormones that lower blood pressure, heart rate and induce a state of relaxation. It's a beautiful, built in way to manage anxiety and stress!

Try it, now!!!!

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