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Anxiety is a common daily struggle for many. And one of the main ways of dealing with anxiety is to medicate.
But modern research on ancient techniques like breath control indicates they can decrease anxiety like medication but without the side effects, and can even help to relieve stress and tension in the body or decrease hyper mental activity.
Your emotions alter your breathing and vice versa. Taking slow, deep and mindful breaths can trick your brain into releasing calming hormones to combat the feelings of anxiousness.
Breathwork is not the same as mindfulness. Mindfulness involves passive observation of the breath, whereas breathwork requires you to actively change the way you breathe.
Breathwork includes ensuring you breath with your diaphragm, rather than the movement of your chest. It will fill your lungs with more air while also slowing the pace of your breathing.