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Deep Breathing Exercises For Anxiety-Are You Breathing The Right Way

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Are You Breathing The Right Way


Deep breathing exercises are very efficient when your doing them properly, even when we know the proper method when we become anxious we might be doing them incorrectly. The best way to get the deep breathing correct is to start doing them daily, I do mine in the morning when I get up and before I go to bed at night. By doing these daily you will naturally develop the right method, but you can do them anytime through out your day. For many people it is the easiest for them to learn how to breathe properly with resources from professionals who can explain this much better then a non-professional.


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I Will Give It A Shot


I am going to do my best to explain how I do one of my basic deep breathing exercises, I learned how to breathe properly from a DVD. I found it was much easier for me to learn watching and doing it with the lady on the DVD, but whatever works best for you go for it. I prefer when doing my  breathing exercise to be laying flat on my back on my bed usually, when I am out and start to become anxious I can do them sitting in my car or even standing up but for me its not nearly as effective.


Start in a comfy position


One hand on your chest


Other hand on your tummy


Take a deep breathe through your nose not your mouth


Be sure your diaphragm not your chest inflates


6-10 deep slow breathes per minute for about 10 minutes


Daily Recommended


Perform when you start to feel yourself becoming anxious during stressful situations


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Other Relaxation Resources


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Qi Gong

Final Thought


This concludes this article on deep breathing exercises for anxiety, I shared some other useful relaxation DVDs for anxiety as well. Everyone is different and has different preferences what works best for them, I hope i gave you a well enough step by step on the basic deep breathing through the nose and with practice you also can use it to calm your anxiety down.







  • Binamra says:

    Very nicely written, I have always loved peace and meditation. Whenever I get time I meditate on, many of my friends have suggested me to buy this book as a source of a guide that helps anxiety and many more benefits. I often have problems in my examination due to anxiety.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Binamra

      I appreciate your kind word on my article, I really do my best to make it as simple as possible and share the best resources I can find at the best prices.

      You might wish to consider DVDs to learn new anxiety techniques, if books are not clear enough for you.


  • Yvonne says:

    It’s true that deep breathing is so important to help one to relax when stressed. I remember when I gave birth to my children, deep breathing did help me to a certain extent. I was given gas to inhale (I forgot the name) and was told to breathe in deeply.

    I’ve heard of Andrew Weil before. He created some of the skincare products for Origins and they’re great products.

    I’ve not tried qi gong before but my late mom used to practice it.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Yvonne

      Deep breathing is one of the best coping skills for anxiety and stress, especially when your out in public and can not use many other techniques.

      I have read and used many of Mr Weil’s resources in the past, I have found them quite useful and easy to understand so I hope some of you will try his resources as well.


  • Cynthia says:

    Thanks for your article. I know these exercises work to decrease anxiety. Several years ago I was going through a rough time. I learned how to deal with it by prayer and deep slow breathing. I also listened to nature without distractions while I was doing it also.
    The resources you have here look like they are excellent for anyone who wants to learn to deal with anxiety.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Cynthia

      I am only trying to help others live a better quality of life despite having anxiety, thank you for reading my article and it sounds like your doing very well now.


  • Jessy says:

    Wow, it’s in the fundamental details we forget that hold so much power to better health. Breathing correctly, deeply, and slowly is definitely one of them! Thanks for sharing your article and suggestions on material to help with anxiety and stress. This is great for children to learn early as well. Qi Gong is definitely on my bucket list.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Jessy

      Qi Gong is becoming very popular in the USA and other countries today, it is on my bucket list as well.


  • Yousef says:

    Deep breathing is the way to a healthy life. Oxygen is very important for energy production and vitalization of body cells. Deep breathing also helps to exhale carbon dioxide and the noxious gases from the body. These exercises help increasing concentration and improve memory. Get rid of insomnia and improve your pulmonary function.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Yousef

      Very good information for us all to know about deep breathing benefits, I do notice a total body improvement after doing my deep breathing everyday.


  • Dave says:

    Nice site Jeff. Depression and anxiety have just exploded as health issues over the last couple decades. I am not sure if life is that much harder or if we are just beginning to identify problems that have always been around and just looked at differently. I like the self help breathing approach over more medicine. I am going to try what you outlined..

    • admin says:

      Thank You Dave

      I use the deep breathing everyday, especially at night to relax myself so i can fall asleep. This is a great coping skill for someone with anxiety and especially sleep problems, concentrating on your breathing keeps your mind busy and your thinking about things which are keeping you awake.


  • Bohemian Collective says:

    Great tips! I also find that making the position of ‘Shooting an arrow sideways’ really helps engage your diaphragm – I teach this is a vocal coach and singing teacher, but it also works to relieve anxiety and stress, slow your heart rate and really get that oxygen flowing to where you need it… in the right way!

    • admin says:

      Thank you Bohemian Collective

      I appreciate you sharing your experience as a vocal coach on how this helps with anxiety, I also found for me playing the harmonica before bedtime seems to relax my total body. So breathing is one of our best tools for anxiety, singing I would think would be a great anxiety release as well.


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