Anxiety warrior? have you tried this? | #Blogtober day 17

The things that have worked wonders for me in regards to anxiety is things such as chamomile tea, self care sessions and a little tip that I'm going to share with you in this post...

(I have shared some on my tips and talked more about anxiety and panic attacks in this previous post

This is very simple and doesn't take much time and you'll be surprised at the positive difference it can make in terms of how you feel and bodily sensations. 

As an 'Anxiety pro' lol, I've seen everything and bought the t-shirt and tried various things over the years and you've probably been told about breathing techniques but not really known what people are on about. 

I learned about a technique called the ''4-7-8'' breathing technique and I love it! It's part of my every day routine, even when I'm not anxious, I will take a few moments each day just to do it and it makes such a difference.

All that the ''4-7-8'' technique involves is: 

- Find a quiet place, either stand still or sit still. If you're too anxious to sit down you can walk and do this.

1)  Breathe slowly through your nose and count to 4 as you breathe in, 

2) Hold your breath and count to 7

3) Slowly breathe out to the count of 8

You can choose to do this once as a quick calmer or if you need help to relax before bed you can repeat this technique 3 times. 

Doing this a few times a day makes such a difference to how you feel and it helps calm the body down. Even when you're not anxious it's a good way of keeping on top of things and ensuring you are letting your body have a breather for a few seconds.

I Know the idea of trying to do this during a panic attack when your heart is pounding is not exactly your idea of a good time but if you can't stand still, walk slowly and click your fingers as you do it. This helps to distract the brain, 

You will calm down, let your heart beat and the fear do it's thing and remember it will pass you'll be fine. Just keep doing the 4-7-8 technique and you'll start to calm down.

A lot of us don't realise how not breathing properly can make our anxiety worse so it's important to remember along with the self care that we take little moments now and again throughout the day to do this technique. 

You can find out more about the 4-7-8 technique here 

Is this technique part of your every day routine? If you have any questions or just fancy a chat about this, feel free to email me: or tweet me at: @CaledonianTweet 

See you in the next post x

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