Breathe away stress, tap away tension, massage to move anxiety. Learn how to deal with stress with these simple breathing exercises when you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
1. Yogic breathing
Put your right thumb on your right nostril and breathe in deeply through your left. Close your left nostril with your middle finger as you release your right thumb and exhale through your right nostril. Do it again in reverse (switch to the opposite nostril each time you breathe out) for a minute or so and feel the calm descend.
2. Diaphragmatic breathing
Breathe in deeply to a count of five. Concentrate on filling your lungs to their full capacity. Then slowly exhale for five. Once you’ve gained control over your breathing, a feeling of calm should follow.
3. Slow breathing
Spend seven minutes taking fewer than 10 breaths per minute. It’s an intense relaxer.
4. Two hand moves to diffuse anger
The Qigong Thymus Tap can help you deal with stress when you’re under pressure. Using the knuckles of one hand, tap the centre of your chest rhythmically for two minutes. The beat is one heavy tap followed by two lighter taps (ONE, two, three).
The middle of your palm corresponds to the solar plexus reflex point, the prime area for relieving tension. Try massaging the inside of your right palm with your left thumb, in circles. Repeat on the other hand. Now find the sensitive spot in the ‘web’ between your thumb and index finger. Press for 10 seconds and release.
5. If all else fails…
Take time out, for five minutes every hour. Try to shut down and think of nothing but your perfect situation. This could be a dream holiday, home, or simply thinking about doing nothing at all. You’ll be surprised at how effective it is.