I’ve got something short and sweet for you today, but potentially very powerful. After my recent post on overcoming suffering, in which I described how I released a panic attack, one of my regular awesome readers, Junay, sent me a technique which she’s successfully used on herself and others to overcome anxiety almost instantly. From an energetic perspective, this technique is sound – it will completely distract you from whatever is causing the anxiety, as well as physically calm you down.
So, if you regularly suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, this post is for you:
Breathe from your stomach
Do not breathe from your chest area, as this may well increase your anxiety. Often, during panic attacks, the chest will tighten, making it hard to breathe and even causing chest pains that will mimic a heart attack. Breathing from the chest will make you MORE aware of these symptoms, causing your panic to increase.
You can ensure that you’re breathing from your abdomen, by placing your hand or hands over your belly button and feeling the rise and fall of your stomach.
The Basics: Breathe 7-11
Breathe in for the count of 7.
Breathe out slowly of the count of 11.
Rinse and repeat.
After a while, you won’t really have to count anymore. Just remember that the OUT breath has to be longer that the IN breath.
Once you have the basic technique down, you can move on to the next step.
As you breathe out, say the following to yourself slowly and calmly, in a very loving soothing voice:
While you do this, imagine blue arrows pointing towards your feet.
Then tell yourself:
“This will pass. This will pass.”
Next, in your mind’s eye, imagine an electrical strip with all the plugs unplugged and say or think “Good….everything has shut down.” Make sure you’re breathing very slowly when you say this (quick short breaths can increase anxiety, while exhaling with long, slow breaths calms the whole body down.)
Once you get used to this technique, you’ll be able to get into the rhythm of the breathing almost instantly. It takes about 2 weeks of repetition for it to kick in; do it regularly (up to 3-4 times per day), and you may be surprised to learn your breathing in this manner will become automatic. Breathing deeply has been shown to lower blood pressure dramatically and according to Junay, this particular breathing technique can reduce anxiety very, very quickly.
Give it a try and let us know how it goes. What techniques do you use to overcome anxiety or pain? Share in the comments!