A good exercise to practice in any moment we feel anxious, ungrounded, panicky or the like, is to focus on and actively count your breathing cycles as you breathe. Breathe through each phase for a count of 3 seconds.
- Breathe in slowly and fully expand your lungs for 3 seconds,
- Hold the air in your lungs for 3 seconds,
- Slowly exhale completely for 3 seconds,
- Hold with no air in your lungs for 3 seconds and repeat.
Repeat this breathing cycle 10 times and we guarantee your anxiety will be reduced. It sounds simple but practice breathing this way, and notice how easy your mind wonders. Or you won’t cause you’re focusing on something else.
3 seconds is just a starting guide, this will increase as your lung capacity and control improves.