If you’re like many people, there are different things or events that make you anxious or worried. Perhaps flying in an airplane is a trigger for you. Or maybe that weekly meeting that you have to have with your supervisor gives your stomach a case of the butterflies. And maybe, like most people, you think there’s nothing you can do about it. While anxiety might be something that we accept as part of life, it doesn’t have to rule your life.
There are some simple techniques that you can use—related to your breath, of all things—that can help to calm your body’s responses and return your flight/fight reflex back to normal. Many of them simply ask you to perform conscious exercises with your breath—breathing in slowly and holding it for a set count, for example. What breath exercises can you put to use for your anxious times? This graphic can help.