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Mara’s video was very helpful for me. I will be using the breathing technique for sure. I have had anxiety and panic attacks my entire life and it seemed to get worse in my late twenties. I really love that Mara said its ok to feel anxious, it absolutely becomes the fear of the fear. now in my thirties I don’t feel so isolated and like I have to hide this from the world.. I love the idea of this site and getting people talking about mental illness. UROK!
Over the weekend My husband and I went to the movies together. I don’t know what set it off a panic attack but it started. I remembered Miss Wilson’s video and I started the breathing exercise and it really worked. Instead of it taking 30 minutes to calm down it only took about 5 minutes to breath and remember all is ok! Thank you Miss Wilson!
Thank you! We’re so glad it helped- panic attacks are the worst.
Hello I am from Argentina, i have problems related to anxiety, i hope this breathing exercise could help to control it. Thanks Mara for your advices and thank to this website, which is helping me throw the distance.
You help me. Thank you.
Thank you for this video. *breathes out* It was exactly what I needed. I’ve been in a state of panic for nearly two hours… Until, I tried your suggestion for a breathing technique. Now, I don’t feel like I’m going to be experiencing this irrational home-invasion. I feel safe. Because I am safe and slowing down my breathing, expanding my belly and sighing has released that pressure.
Thank you. Usually breathing techniques are a trigger for me but you made them OK. 🙂 I appreciate it more than you know.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
Just a correction about what Mara says in this video.
When we breathe, the air goes into our lungs. The stomach is not part of our respiratory system but our digestive system.
When you fill the upper part of your lungs with air you will see your chest moving and this usually comes with shoulders and neck contraction which also causes your larynges to contract. If you relax your upper body the air will flow to the bottom of your lungs and will push your belly out. So seen your belly coming out it´s a pretty sign that you are breathing correctly but the air never gets into your belly.
This is the correct way to breathe.
If you look at a newborn, is how they breathe…and there is nothing as relaxed and peaceful as a baby. Somewhere in our growing we forget how to do it and we have to relearn it.
This is so good at relaxing your body that it´s taught to pregnant woman to help with the pain during labor. This is also the way to breathe if you are a singer because you don’t want any extra stress on your throat.
So, try it!!
Not only if you are feeling overwhelm by something, but any time you can.
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