A frightening or threatening situation releases a quick, automatic flight or fight response. The feeling of anxiety makes us take quick and shallow breaths. This increases the unpleasant feelings our bodies, such as a faster pulse, chest pains, shortness of breath, and dizziness. By breathing deeply, you can calm down your body and relieve unpleasant feelings.
Put one hand on your stomach above your belly button and the other on your chest. Breathe in through your nose so that the hand on your stomach rises. Breathe out slowly through your mouth – you can imagine blowing at a candle so that the flame flickers but does not go out. Feel how the hand on your stomach sinks when you breathe out.
It is a good idea to practice breathing deeply even when you feel good.