If we take a look at the statistics, we see that anxiety and stress levels are alarmingly high in the U.S. Nearly one in five adults suffers from anxiety, and according to a National Health Interview survey, three-quarters of Americans report high stress in their lives. These startling numbers highlight the need for real anxiety relief. But we don’t think this means that 20 to 75% of the population should turn to prescription drugs to cope with this problem.
On Tuesday, we posted about the benefits of visualization techniques for anxiety relief. One of the common threads between the techniques we discussed is that each begins with choosing a quiet, comfortable spot and taking a few deep, calming breaths. This sets the stage for practicing the visualization. But did you know that breathing itself can be one of the most effective ways to relieve anxiety? Research has shown that breathing exercises can have an immediate calming effect. If you’re looking for a simple, drug-free and fast way to calm down, I highly recommend learning a few easy deep breathing exercises for anxiety.