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What can I do when I am feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhlemed?

Deep breathing is an effective way to reduce stress, improve focus, and promote overall well-being. Here are a few strategies you can use to build a habit of deep breathing:

  1. Set a reminder: Use a calendar, phone reminder, or other tool to remind you to take a deep breath throughout the day. This can help you establish a routine and make deep breathing a part of your daily routine.

  2. Incorporate deep breathing into your existing routine: For example, you can deep breath every time you take a break from your work, before eating, or before going to bed.

  3. Start small: Begin by taking just a few deep breaths at a time and gradually increase the duration and frequency of your deep breathing sessions.

  4. Use visualization: Try to visualize the air moving in and out of your body as you breathe, this can help you focus on your breath and make the experience more mindful.

  5. Use a technique: Learn a specific deep breathing technique such as the 4-7-8 method, in which you inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of seven, and exhale for a count of eight. This can help you focus on your breath and make it easier to breathe deeply.

  6. Practice regularly: Make deep breathing a regular part of your daily routine. The more you practice, the more natural it will feel, and the more benefits you will experience.

  7. Keep it simple: Sometimes we overthink things and make it harder than it should be, try to keep it simple, just take deep breaths and focus on your breathing.

Remember that building a habit takes time and effort, so be patient and consistent in your efforts. With a little bit of hard work and dedication, you can make deep breathing a habit that becomes a natural part of your daily routine.

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