You aren’t breathing, right?
If you’re not sure, check.
People with symptoms of anxiety take shallow breaths.
People having a panic attack may even stop breathing for (way) longer than normal.
Band-aid: Breathe. Place one hand on your belly, the other on your chest and breathe deeply.
The key to calming breath is the exhalationâ€”it should be longer than the inhalation. Here’s one breath you can try:
Breathe in for the count of 6.
Hold for the count of 4.
Breathe out for the count of 8.
Pause, and begin again.
This is a temporary fix, but it REALLY works. If you aren’t used to breathing consciously, you’ll be amazed to discover the difference between anxious breathing and calm breathing.