Research has shown that slowing down your breathing and actually paying attention to it can dramatically affect feelings of anxiety. Breathing purposefully and mindfully is essential in managing a panic attack. Pranayama, a foundational component of yoga, is all about breathing.
This simple animation is designed to help you slow and pay attention to your breathing. Bookmark it in your browser or pin it to the desktop on your phone and open it whenever you need to calm yourself down. It is not the answer to everything, but it may help you calm down.
For a great 4-minute NPR radio story on how breathing in different ways affects you, click here.
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