Quickly Fight Anxiety The Moment It Happens With This 2-Minute Ancient Breathing Technique

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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What Is An Anxiety Attack?

An  attack is “abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes.”

It usually presents 4 of the following symptoms:

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
  • Chills or feeling hot
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • Fear of dying

During an anxiety attack, the sufferer often feels like he or she can’t breathe.

“And when you don’t get enough oxygen, the brain receives a ‘danger’ signal, which perpetuates your mind-body state of anxiety,” explains Jonathan Davidson, M.D., director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University Medical Center. “Your breathing quickens and becomes even more shallow; in an extreme case this can lead to a full-blown panic attack, in which the person begins to hyperventilate.”

Nostril Breathing And Anxiety

Yogis believe that the nose is directly linked to the brain and nervous system.

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And so, alternate nostril breathing (called Nadi Shodhan) is believed to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (3), found that slow diaphragmatic breathing proved just as effective in reducing anxiety as the antidepressant drug imipramine.

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