How Breathing Affects Feelings
When we are feeling anxious or scared, we tend to breathe quicker, shallow
breaths. This leads to a lower concentration of carbon dioxide in our blood
causing us to feel lightheaded, clammy, sweaty, and have tingly fingers or toes. Learning how to control our breathing can help us better manage the emotions we are feeling. Next time you are feeling anxious, scared, or upset try this:
~ Sit comfortably. Close your eyes if you want to.
~ Breathe slowly and steadily in through your nose for a count of 4.
~ Hold your breath for a count of 2.
~ Breathe out slowly and steadily for a count of 4.
~ Repeat for a few minutes.
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