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How to deal with anxiety and panic: Method 1

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Anxiety is a normal response to a stressful situation, and the burst of adrenaline that goes with it can often give us that extra push that we need. Unfortunately, sometimes anxiety can overwhelm us and leave us unable to cope with the events of daily life. This article will go through a few simple steps to help you to overcome anxiety and panic when they arise.
Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Do not attempt to change it; do not try to make it slower or deeper. Just pay attention to it.
Where do you feel your breath most strongly? Is it as it enters your nose, as it hits the back of your throat, as it swells your chest? Focus on feeling your breath at the point where it is most noticeable for you.
Immerse yourself in this feeling. See if you can keep your full attention on ten of these breaths. If your attention wanders, start again.
Continue until you can complete three cycles of ten breaths. Your anxiety will have disappeared long before you are finished.
If you like, practice this calming exercise once or twice a day, maybe in the morning or evening. The more you practice, the easier it will be to access this calm feeling at those times when anxiety threatens to overcome you.


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