If you’re ever feeling stressed or anxious, or just want to feel more calm and relaxed in general, I've got a simple technique you can use.
Now, you might not want to do this in the office or out in public, because you might get some weird looks! You probably will want to do this when you’re alone … in your car, in the bathroom, or at home.
The calming tip I want to share with you is called BEE BREATHING … and it’ll definitely help you tell anxiety to buzz off!
When I first heard about this breathing technique, I’m going to admit I was a little skeptical. But then I tried it and I have to tell you, it’s super effective.
There are two different ways you can do it.
The simplest, and probably the best, is to sit up tall, with your shoulders relaxed. Just take a few regular breaths, and close your eyes unless that makes you feel more stressed.
Then, keeping your mouth closed and your lips sealed, breathe in through your nose, and when you exhale, make the sound of the letter M – basically a soft humming or buzzing noise! Just keep humming until you naturally want to inhale.
You never want to force the breath. Keep it relaxed.
Repeat, keeping this breath slow and gentle, inhaling through the nose, and then humming as you exhale.
I know it seems weird at first, but it really can work almost immediately.
This is a really great technique to show your kids/grandkids, to help them when they are feeling anxious.
You can amp up the effect a little by adding this second technique ...
It starts out exactly the same way as the breath I just showed you, but adds another layer.
While you’re exhaling, all you do is take each index finger and press down very gently on your tragus cartilage, which is that little flap of cartilage that partially covers your ear canal.
This makes the sound a little more intense as you make the buzzing or humming noise.
The upside of this technique is that it lets you “buzz” or hum more quietly, which can be a big benefit in some situations!
It’s pretty incredible how our bodies have built-in calming techniques centered around our breath, isn’t it?
I definitely encourage you to try this breathing exercise. Like I said, it’s a little out of the box, but it definitely works!
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