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Anxiety affects your entire body, which can make calming yourself remarkably difficult. The more anxious or stressed you feel, the more symptoms you may experience. Learn how to use breathing techniques to self-soothe, calm your body and regulate your breathing.
Stress and anxiety are powerful emotions, able to impact both your mental and physical health. While most people are familiar with the mental toll anxiety and stress can take, many people are unaware of the very real physical symptoms. People experiencing significant anxiety may see changes in their cardiovascular, digestive, immune and respiratory systems. Depending on the severity of your stress and anxiety, these are some of the symptoms you may experience:
Because some of these symptoms can truly make you feel ill, they often cause additional anxiety or stress, creating a frightening and uncomfortable cycle. Thankfully, you can combat that cycle, and the feelings and symptoms that cause them, with some awareness and some simple exercises.
If you have noticed an increase in your stress and anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. While increased stress during an infectious disease outbreak is quite common, this particular situation is unique. The COVID-19 outbreak is a new and frightening situation for most of us, and with unprecedented changes being implemented across the world, including long-term social distancing and isolation, many people find that they are struggling with new worries and fears. Not only that, but with many people spending more time than usual reading or watching the news and on social media, the influx of information can be overwhelming. People who fall into high risk categories may experience additional stress and anxiety and accompanying symptoms. During an unusual situation like this, you can expect to experience any of the anxiety and stress symptoms above, along with these possible changes:
As you and your loved ones attempt to navigate this crisis, it is essential to find healthy ways to cope with the complex emotions that may arise.
There is a lot you can do to reduce your anxiety and stress, and the symptoms that go along with it. Start with getting plenty of sleep, connecting with people you care about and taking time to unwind and reset. Ensure you take good care of your body by eating well, getting regular exercise and avoiding excess substance use. You can also significantly reduce anxiety with breathing exercises that help you breathe more effectively and slow your breathing down. People typically breathe in one of two ways:
The following three breathing exercises can help you learn how to breathe correctly and manage your anxiety and stress symptoms. These exercises will teach you how to use the correct muscles to breathe, while also keeping your breaths slow and measured to calm your body.
Practice these techniques first when you feel good so that you can access them more easily when you are feeling stressed or anxious. Then, keep them in your toolbelt whenever you begin to feel overwhelmed. Anxiety and stress are powerful, but you are more powerful. Use these breathing exercises to stay calm and breathe more easily.