Wim Hof Breathing Technique For Anxiety – How To Cope With Anxiety

Wim Hof is quite extraordinary, as having
defied the odds on what people are capable of and making the science community question
what they thought they understood about human potential, his methods and techniques can
be applied in various aspects of life. If you struggle with anxiety in your life,
then in this video we look at one of the most effective applications of the Wim Hof breathing
method, which is to deal with anxiety. So, let’s begin, and look at how to relieve
anxiety by breathing properly using the Wim Hof technique… 1. Physical Effects of Anxiety
– When you begin to feel anxious, your body automatically goes into a state of emergency,
which causes a number of effects on your body and how you feel in that moment
– For example, your heart rate and blood pressure will rise as anxiety takes a hold of you,
making you feel tense, on edge and as a result, more stressed
– When this happens, your body is effectively telling you that there is a perceived threat
and you need to be in this state to be ready to deal with it, or the fight or flight reaction
– The problem is many reach this state when there’s no need to, resulting in you having
shallow breaths in your chest, causing panic-related symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath,
and dizziness 2. Take Deep Breaths
– When you start feeling the sensations of anxiety coming on, one of the first things
to do is to shift focus to your breathing, ensuring that your breathing patterns are
deep and calming – You do this by taking deep deliberate breaths
starting from your abdomen, which signals to the rest of your body that everything is
fine – The key to this relaxation technique is
to fill your entire lungs with air, rather than just the upper part, which is what normally
happens when you take shallow breaths when feeling anxiety
– The deep breaths evoke a calming response within your body, reversing many of the anxiety-related
symptoms, which we will explain in more detail later in the video 3. Monitor Your Breathing
– If you want to ensure you’re breathing correctly and taking the most effective steps to help
cope with anxiety, you can do a little exercise that will be most effective
– You do this by monitoring how you are breathing by placing one hand on your belly and one
hand on your chest. Whenever you take a deep breath, the hand
on you belly should move, while the hand on your chest should barely move at all
– This form of breathing requires the use of the diaphragm, a muscle just below the
chest area, which contracts as you inhale, thus resulting in you feeling a little pressure
when you breathe deep – Most people use the muscles in their upper
chest, neck, back, and shoulders instead of breathing deep to their diaphragm, which results
in shallow breathing 4. The Method
– We’ve spoken a lot about breathing deep and how to breathe, as well as some of the
effects deep breathing can have, but how do you actually do it? – Practice breathing from your belly by first
letting the air out of your lungs by exhaling, almost as if you’re sighing for a prolonged
period – This process will help to relax the tensed-up
muscles in the upper part of your body. Next, inhale through your nose, while pushing
out your abdomen – After you’ve inhaled, pause for a moment
and subsequently exhale while pulling your abdomen in, which will feel like your belly
contracts as you do this – You will notice that you take bigger breaths
this way, and that you breathe slower. Keep breathing like this for a couple of minutes
and your body will already begin to feel more relaxed 5. Why This Works
– So we’ve touched on the reasons why the Wim Hof breathing method works for anxiety,
such it sending signals to the brain that you’re relaxed
– The reason is that controlled breathing changes the response of the body’s autonomic
nervous system, which controls unconscious processes in the body, such as your heart
rate and digestion – Consciously changing the way you breathe
appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust the parasympathetic branch of the nervous
system, which naturally slows the heart rate – All of this is what makes you feel relaxed,
more in control and as a result, provides many of the stimuli need to help control anxiety
and feel more relaxed Do you apply the Wim Hof breathing methods? Let me know in the comments section below. Please Like, Share and Subscribe as we help
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