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Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety
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Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear or tension about things that may happen. If you’re dealing with anxiety, one of the best ways to cope can be literally just one breath away. Breathing exercises are one of many ways to help manage anxiety.Getty ImagesBenefits of Breathing Exercises They can lower your blood pressure and slow your heart rate, making you feel more relaxed. They relax the nervous system. When most people are anxious, they take short, shallow breaths that may signal a stress response in the body, says Jaryd Hiser, a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Your stress response is how the body reacts to a perceived threat, and it can cause that shallower breathing as well as a qui...