On day eighteen of the be kind to yourself challenge, it requests you to discover a new breathing technique that best suits you. Truthfully, today’s task should have been at the beginning of the be kind to yourself challenge. Breathing is one of the most effective ways to help you during your most stressful moments.
When I’m experiencing an anxiety attack (mostly during social situations), breathing has become one the tools that I use in that instant. Usually, I would take a deep breath in (stomach expanding) for about 4 or 5 seconds, then exhale (stomach depleting) for about 8 or 9 seconds. I would repeat this several times until I’ve become more aware of my social situation. Having the awareness of what’s happening within your body and the external factors that affect the anxiety will increase the positive effect of deep breathing.
Today, however, I discovered a new breathing technique that I’m intrigued by because of its uniqueness. Basically, you inhale and exhale covering one nostril with a finger, then alternate. It will definitely bring more attention to me during social situations, which is something I would want to avoid during an anxiety attack. Having tried this technique on my own time, I realized the importance to try something new when I’m trying to grow emotionally. I will most likely continue deep breathing and integrate the new breathing technique for additional emotional support. Breathing allows for me to let go, and letting go is one of the hardest things to do.
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