Breathing exercises can be used to help ease anxiety.
The current covid-19 crisis has understandably got many of us feeling stressed and anxious. One of things that we can all do to combat this whilst in lockdown is to try some breathing exercises, designed to help us relax, ease anxiety and clear our minds.
Over the next few days, we will be uploading 7 breathing exercises you can do at home, to try and ease any anxiety brought on by the crisis.
Our first exercise is very simple, and involves lengthening your exhale when you breathe out. Exhalation is linked to the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us calm down. Making a concerted effort to lengthen you exhale lessens the chances of hyperventilation, which in turn leases then chance of an anxiety attack.
Focus on fully exhaling before taking your next breath, an aim to exhale for longer than you inhale, say, 6 seconds as opposed to 4 for the inhale. Repeat this for as at least 2 minutes if possible, in any position that is comfortable, be it stood up or lying down.
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