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.