Anxiety is a state of mind where one is gripped with a feeling of worry or unease. This can come in mild or severe episodes. Here are several breathing exercises that will help you take control of your anxiety.
Lengthen Your Exhale
Exhaling is linked to our body’s ability to calm down and relax. Take longer to exhale rather than inhale; for example, if you inhaled for 4 seconds, try exhaling for 6 seconds.
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Also known as coherent breathing, this method can help one to alleviate anxiety and arrive into a relaxed state of mind.
Yogic Breathing (Pranayama)
Breathing lies at the core of each variation of yoga. Pranayama includes a number of breathing variations that could help with managing anxiety. Some of these variations include alternate nostril breathing, lion’s breath as well as lengthened exhale, and equal breathing.