Breathing: One of the Best Relaxation Techniques for Anxiety

by Sean Preston on January 20, 2011

“If you don’t like what’s happening in your life, change your mind.” Dalai Lama.
If you’re feeling stressed and full of anxiety, then this simple, beautiful quote is worth examining.

Life is filled with situations that can stress you out and make you anxious. It’s important to remember that YOU are the one who chooses how to deal with these situations. You can do it a calm and relaxed way, or you can choose to stress out about them.

Ask yourself these questions: How does the way you think affect your actions? How does the way you think affect your reaction and response to situations? How does the way you think affect your emotional response to situations?

How might you become more aware of the process?

There are many relaxation techniques for anxiety and stress, but one of the most effective techniques is ‘awareness.’ By being aware of your surroundings, your body, the way you feel, by being present and in the moment, there’s little room in your body and in your mind for anything else except being aware and in the moment.

How can you become more aware so that you can release the stress and anxiety? A great place to start is by centering on your breath.

When you’re stressed, in conflict, or under pressure, do you hold your breath? Most people do. When you stop the natural flow of air, you become tense and unbalanced, physically and emotionally. Your body, mind and spirit become hampered, disconnected.

One of the easiest ways to regain your balance and get calm is to take a slow, deep breath. Everything starts with the breath. Open your throat, relax your body.  Your breath is your life energy that connects to inner wisdom, resources and strength.

So the next time you’re feeling stressed, tense, or anxious, notice your breath. This simple awareness will help you to get centered again.

Meditation is a wonderful practice and habit to incorporate into your life to help you relax and release anxiety. Through breathing and meditation, you consciously change your thoughts and mind. Meditation is one of the easiest and most readily available relaxation techniques for anxiety.

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