Practise Deep Breathing
Deep breathing has been used to quieten the mind for centuries. The practice is closely associated with yoga. The majority of us only use a maximum of fifty per cent of our breathing capacity which means we are breathing in very little oxygen and expelling very little carbon dioxide. Our shallow breaths don’t allow enough oxygen to reach our brain and other cells and organs and, by not ridding ourselves of the carbon dioxide in our bodies, we are hanging on to toxins and waste.
When we are anxious, we tend to breathe even more shallowly, and sometimes even hold our breath. By circulating less oxygen through our bodies, we become even more anxious – a vicious circle. Conscious breathing allows us to be present in the moment, concentrating on each breath rather than letting our minds work overtime on a myriad of issues and tasks. It also brings necessary oxygen to all our organs and cells, allowing every part of our body to function better.
Breathe in through your nose, slowly allowing the breath to first expand your abdomen, then your ribcage and finally your chest. Stay relaxed and slowly exhale through your mouth, consciously letting go of any thoughts that making you anxious.