Breathing Exercises

Sometimes, when we feel worried, we can take fast or shallow breaths. This can sometimes lead to dizziness or chest pain, which can end up with us feeling even more worried and can lead us into a vicious circle.

Doing breathing exercises on a regular basis can be a healthy habit for life. Breathing exercises are great because you can do them anywhere, anytime! Try the two exercises below.

Square Breathing

Find a square in the room and focus your eyes on it. As you look up the left side of the square from bottom to top, breathe in for 4 seconds. As your eyes go along the top of the square from left to right, hold your breath for 4 seconds. Then, as your eyes move down the right hand side of the square, breathe out for 4 seconds. Lastly, as your eyes move along the bottom of the square from right to left, hold your breath for 4 seconds. You can repeat this for a couple of minutes or until you feel better.

Hi Five Breathing

Try holding up your right hand with your palm towards you. Then starting on the bottom left edge of your hand, with a finger from your left hand, you slowly bring your finger up to the top of your little finger, while doing this you take a long breath in. Then you breathe out slowly and while doing that bring your finger to the bottom of your next finger, repeating until you get to the bottom of your thumb. You can repeat this for a couple of minutes or until you feel better.