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Calming breathing techniques

Continued over-breathing can leave you feeling exhausted or on edge. This makes it more likely that you'll respond to stressful situations with extreme anxiety and panic. Gaining control over your breathing involves both slowing your breathing rate and changing your breathing style.

Try to practise at least once a day at a time when you can relax relatively free from distraction. Try to set aside some time each day.

This technique can slow your breathing and reduce your general anxiety. It can even help to reduce your anxiety when you're in an anxious situation.

If you have anxiety and have panic attacks, you might like to try a belly breathing exercise. In this technique you learn to breathe out fully and take proper deep breaths using your diaphragm and not just your chest muscles.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2020.


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