Have you ever wondered why taking a deep breath during tough situations can actually help you feel better? It’s simple. Control your breath to control your thoughts. It is no secret how breathing can directly affect the parasympathetic system of our brain which is responsible for our fight or flight reflex. One of the best things that you can do is to learn how to breathe deeply while decompressing bodily tensions. This can benefit your overall mental and physical health.
Ease into Comfort
During panic attacks, the mind goes haywire and a lot of not-so-nice things can possibly happen. Yoga has been applauded for centuries due to the amazing natural healing abilities it possesses. One of these is how it can dramatically counter panic attacks. Strike the following poses to calm your storm and let the sunshine in:
Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)
This is a simple yet powerful yoga pose that effectively relieves anxiety. It also gives the spine and the back of the legs a gentle stretch while massaging the abdominal region.
To do the pose: Begin in a comfortable seated position with your legs extended together. Take a breath in, lengthen your spine and place your hands on the outer sides of your thighs. As you exhale, gently fold forward and walk your hands towards your feet. Remember to avoid slouching. Keep deepening the stretch with every exhalation until you are holding your feet. Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths.
Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
This is an easy pose to fight your rushing irrational thoughts. This position promotes better circulation towards the heart, producing well-oxygenated blood to the brain for better focus and relaxation. It also stretches the neck, the lower back and the back of legs.
To do the pose: Start by sitting close to a wall with your knees tucked on your chest. Extend your legs together and let them rest on the wall with your hands placed on your sides. Lay on your back and slide closer towards the wall with the assistance of your hands until your legs are fully resting on it. Let your shoulders drop and relax and stay in this position as long as you desire.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
This is the most comforting pose that will take you back to childhood and relax all your senses. This restorative yoga posture calms the nervous system and helps boost focus. It also offers relaxation along the neck, spine, and thighs.
To do the pose: Sit on your heels with your knees together and hands placed on your thighs. Upon inhalation, feel your spine lengthen and slightly tuck your chin. As you exhale, bend forward and slide your hands in front of you. Keep folding until your torso is resting in your thighs, place the forehead on the ground and fully extended the hands. Rest on this pose as long as you want.
Panic attacks are horrible. With this modern day stresses, it is highly possible to suffer from anxiety and other mental disturbances. The next time you come across with a panic attack, take a moment to compose yourself and strike these poses. Breathe fully throughout the flow and live life with a smile on your face.