How do you breathe when you feel anxious?

During periods of anxiety, you might notice that your breathing is more shallow, that you’re breathing at a faster rate than usual, or you’re breathing from your shoulders and upper chest versus your belly/diaphragm. 

This happens because your body is going into the “fight or flight” (sympathetic nervous system) response, where your nervous system senses danger and is getting ready to run.

Simply changing your breath is like a pattern interrupt for anxiety. 

Breathwork practices tell your nervous system that you’re safe, shifting the nervous system into the parasympathetic, or “rest and digest”, state. 

However, it’s not always as simple as taking deep breaths, because sometimes that makes people more anxious. 

It’s good to learn specific breathing practices for anxiety…because how you do the practice is important. 

One of the practices I recommend is called the 4-7-8 breathing technique. 

In this week’s video, our wonderful psychiatrist, Veronica Couture MD, is teaching us how to practice 4-7-8 breathing

4 7 8 Breathing Practice For Anxiety

Dr. Couture explains: 

‣  How to practice 4-7-8 breathing 

‣  The research behind it 

‣  When to practice it, and more.

Click here to watch the video.