Breathing Exercises To Relieve Anxiety

nourish your mind nourish your spirit Feb 15, 2022

Today I am sharing with you my (2) favorite breathing exercises for relieving stress & anxiety. When we are in the state of stress, this is an indication that the body has entered the sympathetic nervous system, typically known as the "fight, flight, or freeze" response. Both of these breathing exercises will help you shift your nervous system back to it's natural state.

First, I will teach a method called box breathing, or square breathing. This practice has four steps:

1. Inhale in to a count of 4

2. Hold your breath to a count of 4

3. Exhale to a count of 4

4. Hold your breath to a count of 4

This breathing exercise can be done to any count, but I like to do it to the count of four.

Next, I will share a deep belly breathing exercise for relieving anxiety. For this practice, you will want to place one hand on your heart, and the other on your solar plexus chakra, which is the center of your personal strength and power. This exercise starts with a deep inhale in through the nose, sending the breath down into the solar plexus. Then, we exhale out through the mouth letting all of that stress go.

Watch the full video and do it along with me! My hope is that these exercises will provide you relief in a moment of stress.

 

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