A Breathing Technique
Regular breathing exercises never helps me. Due to my intrusive thoughts the breathing patterns are broken by the thoughts themselves. This is why breathing while counting is very important for me and unlike regular breathing, it helps me.
How Does It Work?
I inhale while counting to the number 6. Hold for 2 seconds. And exhale while counting to 6. It looks like this....
BREATH IN, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. (counting in my mind)
HOLD, 1, 2. (counting in my mind)
BREATH OUT, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. (counting in my mind)
I repeat as needed to help me calm from a panic attack.
By counting while breathing, the mind concentrates on the number counts instead of the intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, or trigger while relaxing the body. How cool is that?
Some people do this exercise counting to 4 instead of 6. Everyone is different and everyone has different physical health. For me, this breathing technique has been of help from severe panic attacks.
Have you tried this? And if so, has it worked for you?
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