Simple breathing tool to manage anxiety

October 4, 2016

 

When our anxiety gets triggered, our breath is often one of the first casualties.  We forget to breathe fully and deprive our bodies of oxygen.  Without a good supply of this essential resource, we are less equipped to respond to the anxiety in a healthy way.  

 

This simple tool helps to regulate our breath by giving us a visual reminder to lengthen our inhales and exhales.  By inhaling as the geometric shapes expand and exhaling as they contract, our breath begins to settle.  It can also help to ground us by directing our attention to a single visual stimulus rather than scanning the environment for perceived threats.  One cycle takes just 8 seconds, but the benefits can be much longer-lasting.

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