Proper breathing soothes both your body and brain. This easy, one-minute controlled breathing technique helps you to focus entirely on your inhale and exhale phases, which in turn enhances your concentration, clears your mind, and reduces your anxiety.
Anxiety Breathing Exercise
Practice this breathing exercise in the morning just after you’ve woken up before and experience the benefits of beginning your day with a clean slate.
- Find a cool and quiet spot to sit or recline.
- Close your eyes.
- Take five long, deep, slow breaths for warm up.
- Inhale slowly for 5 seconds, hold your breath inside for another 5 seconds, and exhale slowly for 5 seconds.
- Repeat four times for a full minute of focused breathing.
Note: Begin with 5 seconds per phase and slowly build up to 20 seconds per phase.