Stress, anxiety and panic greatly effect our natural breathing patterns in a negative way.
When a person is chronically stressed or anxious, these negative patterns can become a bad habit that is hard to break.
Many people with anxiety often complain of physical symptoms that are distressing to them, such as:
- depersonalization (feelings of unreality)
- increased heart rate
- tingling in the extremities and/or the face
- increased feelings of panic
An important thing you need to realize is that although these are some of the same symptoms of anxiety and panic, they are also symptoms associated with hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is one of the most common negative breathing patterns that is induced by stress, anxiety, and panic. Hyperventilation is usually caused by short, shallow breathing.
Many times, those distressing physical feelings can be diminished when proper breathing exercises are practiced.
Breathing exercises should be exercised daily when a person is challenging stress, anxiety or any related disorders in order to restore natural breathing patterns.
Healthy breathing patterns are not only helpful for inducing relaxation and helping to limit the physical sensations associated with a panic attack but they have many other benefits as well. They are:
- Better Sleep
- Better Memory
- Increased Energy
- Improved Emotional Stability
- Speeds Up Metabolism
- Burns Calories and Fat
- Controls Food Cravings
- Eliminates Toxins in the Body
- Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Tips For Using Free Breathing Exercises
Before you get started using these free breathing exercises, please read through these tips. They will help you as you explore and find what breathing methods are best for you.
- If you have a medical condition or if you are on medication, please consult your doctor before using any of the free breathing exercises.
- Practice in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed when practicing. This will help you focus on learning the breathing method so you will be more able to remember it.
- Healthy breathing begins with the belly. Place your hands on your stomach to make sure you are breathing correctly. Your stomach should be moving during all exercises.
- Choose a breathing technique that you are comfortable with. It helps to master some of the simple ones so that you can remember to use it in public if you should become anxious or panicky. A simply method will be easier to remember.
- Remember, practicing these free breathing exercises at home will enable you to be more effective when you are anywhere and you are feeling stressed.
- Use these free breathing exercises at the first sign of stress, anxiety and panic. Breathing exercises are a great way to help manage unwanted emotions too.
- These breathing exercises can be added to your normal relaxation routine, such as progressive muscle relaxation, isometric exercises, and meditations.
- Increase mental focus and your relaxation experience by adding relaxing music or sounds to your breathing exercises.
Free Breathing Exercises - Let's Get Started!
There are many different kinds of breathing exercises, techniques and styles. These free breathing exercises, when done regularly, help to balance the mind and body. They will also help you restore your breathing back to a more natural, healthy, routine.
Each one offers information on each type, and some include video demonstrations that will help you learn. Be sure not to miss the video presented on the Deep Breathing Technique. I believe you will gain a better understanding on breathing and how it effects our bodies and minds.
- Basic Stress Breathing
- Basic Diaphragmatic Breathing
- Yoga Breathing Techniques
- Breathing to Lose Weight
- Deep Breathing Technique
For More information, please check out Books on Breathing