Take a Moment to Breathe

When we’re anxious, our breathing becomes shallow and quick, which intensifies the situation. Try these simple breathing techniques to overcome feelings of anxiety.

Breath of five

  • Inhale through your nose for a slow count of 5.
  • Hold that breath for 5 counts.
  • Exhale through your nose for 5 counts.
  • Repeat 5 times

Dragon breath

  • Slowly inhale through your nose and visualize positive energy entering your body.
  • Hold that breath for a few seconds.
  • Exhale through your mouth making a “haaaa” sound as you picture a cloud of fire coming out of your mouth. Visualize the negative energy leaving your body.
  • Repeat 5 times

Temperature breath

  • Close your eyes and imagine your spine as a thermometer.
  • As you inhale through your nose, imagine that you are drawing the temperature gauge up through your spine and out through the top of your head.
  • Exhale through your nose and picture the temperature gauge slowly working its way back down your spine.
  • Repeat 5 times

Helpful Apps
These apps can help: Here®(free), Breethe (free) and Headspace (free trial). Download through the App Store or Google Play.

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