There is so much power that can be achieved through the use of our breath. It is through our breath that we can exert strength while we exercise, regulate our nervous system when it becomes activated, and bring us into a meditative state. Breathwork is a practice that can do wonders in supporting our overall wellness. In therapy, breathwork is sometimes used to improve a wide range of issues such as anger, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, grief, and trauma. Developing a good breathwork exercise can be beneficial for those of us that experience anxiety. Science has shown that developing controlled breathing exercises can be effective in taking care of our mental health. So what are some of the benefits of breathwork?
Release fear, anxiety, & stagnant emotions
Connect with intuition & creativity
Soothe our nervous system's trauma response
Drop into an eased state of calm
Improve circulation & lower blood pressure
Improve lung health
Release of toxins from the body
Anxiety can certainly take our minds millions of miles away from the present moment. By utilizing breathwork exercises, we can compassionately bring ourselves back to the present. Different examples of breathwork exercises include box breathing, the 4-7-8 technique, alternate nostril breaths, pursed lip breathing, and diaphragmatic breathing. Below is a breathing exercise that I've shown clients that experience anxiety. I hope this helps!