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One powerful morning ritual to help you beat anxiety

The controlled breath in this breathing technique will slow down your heart rate and make you feel more at ease.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : March 31, 2016 6:07 PM IST

When you know you have a presentation at office, how do you start your day? Do you hurriedly step out of bed and open your laptop? Checking your e-mails and revising your presentation early in the morning can only increase your anxiety level. A better idea would be to give few minutes in the day to this breathing technique known as measured breath, recommended by meditation teacher and yoga expert Deepak Sharma. Even if you do not have time, you can perform this quick breathing technique sitting or standing anywhere you want.

How to perform?

  • Whether you are sitting or standing make sure your knees are relaxed and your hands are soft. Drop your shoulders and keep them comfortable and relaxed
  • Slowly take a deep breath in through your nose and count till four. Your belly should expand while you breathe in.
  • Hold your breath for two seconds and breathe out slowly and count till six. Repeat this sequence for 5-6 times. You will feel much calmer as soon as you perform this breathing exercise.

How does it work?

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The controlled breath will slow down your heart rate and make you feel more at ease. The deep breathing can free your mind of the unnecessary clutter that breeds anxiety. Concentrating on your breath can fill you with courage that can help you deal well with the situation. The slow inhaling also fills up your lungs with air and ensures that your entire respiratory system gets enough oxygen to function properly.

So, if you think you are going to have a tough day at work, perform this easy breathing technique. Also, try these yoga poses to deal with anxiety issues.

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