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Many people these days suffer from anxiety attacks, high levels of stress or frequent emotional reactions that can be very unpleasant.

These episodes are not only unpleasant and painful, they can put us in a constant state of ‘fight or flight‘, meaning  the body is constantly alert and unable to relax, heal or regenerate properly.

Here is a breathing technique you can use when anxiety, stress or emotional triggers kick in:

– Breath in for a count of 3 and exhale for a count of 6. By doing longer exhalations, we are telling the body to relax (as opposed to the shallow breathing we experience when we are in fight or flight mode).

– Do it for as long as you need, until you feel you are in control and starting to relax.

– Add the following visualisation: with each inhalation, visualise how you breath in white light, fresh energy or qi from the environment. (If you have the luxury to have a 10 min break to go to the garden/park or anywhere near a tree, even better!). With each exhalation visualise how you are expelling the old energy, unpleasant emotions, any bad memories that might be coming to mind, the cause of your stress or worries…

– Continue until you feel your body relaxing and your mind getting quieter.

– To finish, bring to mind the image of something or someone you feel grateful for (a loved one, a nice memory, a place where you feel at peace). Bring the awareness to the heart and breath deeply and slowly while keeping the image in mind. Feel your heart expanding, your energy field getting stronger and the feeling of gratitude enveloping you.

I know that when the anxiety kinks in is difficult to remember tools like this…

For that reason, I would recommend you add this practice to your night routine, 5 minutes before going to bed. It will improve your sleep, you will finish the day with a beautiful feeling and that way it will be much easier to remember to use it when you need it!

In this video I demonstrate this technique, practise with me and see how it feels!

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