Are you increasingly afraid of everyday normal tasks? Do you feel like you are short of breath before doing something that once was easy but now feels like climbing Mount Everest? One can say that this is an exaggeration but for someone suffering from anxiety attacks, this is exactly what it feels like. What starts with what could be considered shortness of breath can often lead up to dizziness, feeling of faintness and increased heart rate.
This doesn’t happen because you have an illness or are about to have a stroke. This happens because you are suddenly fearful of doing a task that you otherwise would have accomplished without a second thought. There have been reports of panic attacks that end up as severe anxiety attacks which leads to patients being rushed to the emergency centers. To the people who suffer from pangs of anxiety and increased stress, it would often feel like the end of the world every time an attack presents itself.
It is not the end of the world. You do not need prescribed medications when you can do something as simple as a few breathing exercises to reduce stress. These breathing exercises to reduce stress only take a minute but can prevent an anxiety attack when you feel one coming.
The Equal Breathing Technique
Balance is good for a human body not just in terms of diet, but in all things. For this technique, start by inhaling on the count of four and then exhale on the count of four again. Easy? Now here’s the tricky part: do it through the nose. Skilled yoga teachers teach their students to increase the duration to show that anxiety is within one’s control.
Breathing through the Abdomen
Modern fashion trends place greater pressure on flat abdomens, and this is why most of the clothes you find are tight around the belly area. This keeps a person from breathing by fully expanding the abdomen. This technique requires you to take six to eight slow deep breaths in a day. This also helps fight off nausea.
Alternate Nostril Technique
For this technique, you have to close your eyes and go to your happy place in a position of meditation. Once you are there, place your thumb over the left nostril and then inhale deeply through the right nostril. Now, you release the left nostril and cover the right one, and exhale through the left nostril. Repeat this until you can feel your nerves calming down. This process takes around ten minutes, though it depends on you on how long you take to calm down.
To conclude, these are a few of the top breathing exercises to reduce stress that are available for everyone and not just people suffering from anxiety and dealing with stress.