Breath Exercises to Ease Anxiety
When can you use breath exercises to ease anxiety? Without a doubt, it’s great to use breath work and meditation any time you need to relax. Because most of my clients deal with high stress levels on a regular basis, I’ve used mindful breathing as a tool on my outdoor fitness and wellness retreats
for many years. As a result, people are able to settle in to the moment and get a break from every day anxiety.
These three simple breath exercises from my book Adventures in Mother Nature’s Gym
will help you move through these times of uncertainty with greater ease. In addition, if you can do them outside or near a window you’ll reap the extra healing benefits of nature. For example, fresh air is a natural disinfectant, and sunshine helps boost immunity by producing Vitamin D.
Ultimately, the goal is to become aware of how you feel. As you tune in to your feelings, you can spend less time in a ‘triggered’ state. Breath work can help if you get anxious sitting in traffic, feel your heart rate escalate while worrying about your family during COVID-19, or feel your palms sweat prior to that Zoom meeting with your boss. Taking 5 deep breaths with slow exhales has been shown to help the nervous system ‘down-regulate’ and help create a state of increased relaxation. The good news is breath work is FREE! And it can be done anywhere.