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Breathing is the most important part of survival wouldn’t you say? Aside from food and water anyways.
It is also one of the most important parts of feeling relaxed and calm.
When we slow our breathing down it can help send us into a serene state of being that helps us cope with issues and anxiety and helps us to fall asleep as well.
There are numerous breathing exercises that are designed to help calm us down and bring us to a centered place of peace during times of anxiety and discomfort.
These breathing exercises may also be used in conjunction with meditations to better help create a calm state where you can relax and no longer feel panic.
Learning different types of breathing techniques will be a great tool to have in your back pocket during times of high anxiety, anger, or even panic attacks.
3 Breathing Techniques
I have listed a few breathing techniques here that you can try out and see if they work for you. This list is not exhaustive so I encourage you to do your own research as well so you can find what works best for yourself.
- Pursed lip breathing
- This helps to slow the pace of breathing and encourages you to focus on each breath.
- Start by relaxing your body, and then while keeping the mouth closed, inhale through the nose for a count of two. After this, you will purse your lips as if you were going to whistle or kiss someone, and exhale for a count of four.
- Repeat this as many times as you need.
- Lions’ breath
- This one can make you feel a little silly while doing it. But it works.
- Sit comfortably and relax your body while pressing the palms into your knees. Take a deep breath in through the nose and widen your eyes. At the same time, you will open your mouth and stick out your tongue down towards your chin. While in this position you will then exhale while making a long “ha” sound.
- Repeat as many times as you need
- Alternate nostril breathing
- This is performed exactly as it sounds.
- Sit comfortably and relaxed. Close your palm with your first two fingers and extend your ring and pinky fingers. Exhale and then use your thumb to close one nostril, inhale and then close the other nostril with the ring and pinky finger. Remove your thumb and exhale again. Then you will inhale again and close both nostrils. Remove the pinky and ring finger and exhale.
These are just five breathing techniques that can help you relax, unwind and calm down whenever and wherever you need to.
If you go to this website it talks about them in more detail as well as gives you more options.
Knowing how to control our breath and being aware of our breath can really help us to create more constant states of control and calmness.
Try to recognize when your breathing is calm, and when your breathing is erratic. This way you know what signs to look for so you can better bring yourself back to a centered state.
Practice these breathing exercises whenever you have time, try to do at least one a day for a few moments. I find it best to practice right before bed because it brings me to a calm place and prepares me for sleep.
Have fun with, stay relaxed, and just breathe.