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How to use breathing to calm anxiety

✨BOX BREATHING ✨⠀

🧘🏼‍♀️Evidence is gathering supporting the use of breathing techniques for stress & anxiety management. ⠀

📦I find box breathing a particularly useful technique as I can guide patients quickly through it – I’ve been doing this even on the phone with patients in the recent climate. ⠀

📦It’s apparently used by Navy Seals too – so makes me feel hard core! ⠀

📦 To practice box breathing you picture a square in your mind, breathe in up the left vertical edge of the square for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds picturing moving along the top horizontal edge, and then breathe out for 4 seconds moving down the right vertical edge of the square, then hold again for 4 seconds along the bottom horizontal edge to complete the square, and repeat as many times as you like. ⠀

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🧘🏼‍♀️Breathing exercises are great for managing stress and anxiety, one thing I think makes them stand out so much is that they are so subtle that no one needs to know you’re doing them where ever you are.

Emma x

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