Do you suffer with symptoms of frequent stress and anxiety? You may not be aware that there are ways in which you can help ease symptoms of anxiety. You can breathe away anxiety with learning some simple techniques.
There are two key types of breathing patterns – Thoracic (chest) breathing and Diaphragmatic (abdominal) breathing. Below we will take about these in bit more detail but if you would like to know more then follow this link to Guys and St Thomas article on breathing – Read More.
Also known as chest breathing, ‘thoracic breathing’ is the drawing of minimal breath into the lungs, usually by drawing air into the chest area. So, what does this mean exactly? It is common that when people are anxious, they tend to take rapid, shallow breaths, which in turn creates anxious thoughts in the mind. It becomes a vicious circle.
Also known as ‘abdominal breathing’ is a way to relax and reduce anxiety. By consciously becoming aware of your own breathing and regulating its depth and rate, the less likely you are to suffer with anxiety attacks or becoming overcome with stress.
How to practice the correct breathing techniques
- Find a quiet, peaceful place to practice within your home, completely free of all distractions and technology.
- Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your lower stomach. Count to 3 and inhale, you should then be able to feel your stomach rise as you breathe.
- Now, count to 3, exhale and continue this pattern for 5-10 minutes, until you feel completely calm and relaxed.
Try to practise this type of a daily basis – it is so important to ensure that you take a few moments every day to relax and shut out the outside world and focus on yourself. Taking a time to practise this mindful breathing with certainly help you relive those feelings of stress and anxiety. Be sure to give it a go, over the course of a couple of days – we guarantee you will begin to feel calmer and less anxious! To help even more why not book a massage with A Healing Touch.