Simple breathing techniques to release anxiety
Sit comfortably with both feet on the floor, place one hand on your stomach and the other one on your chest. As you breathe normally, pay attention to which one raises and falls.
If it is your chest that is rising, it probably means your breath is more shallow (most of us do). This type of breathing can contribute to an increase in anxiety and tension.
Imagine now that you have a balloon in your stomach that you are trying to fill with air. As you take your next breath in through your nose, try to feel the breath of fresh air going all the way down into your stomach to fill the balloon and feel your stomach rise. As you breathe out, imagine you are blowing out a candle and exhale through your mouth, allowing the stomach to relax.
When you breathe this way, your diaphragm, a dome-shaped muscle at the base of your chest, moves down and pushes your stomach out as you breathe in. Practise breathing deeply until your stomach rises consistently on the in-breath.