Balance your emotions
Balance your emotions to improve your emotional well-being and health.
Follow this simple 3 step method to help you breathe and think better:
Step A - Deep or rhythmic breathing
Whenever you are feeling worried, fearful, anxious or panicky use even, rhythmic breathing to gain control of your emotions AND help your immunity (it reduces the amount of the stress hormone cortisol, which means your immune system functions better). Rhythmic breathing is breathing occurring at a regular rate or in a particular rhythm, especially as a result of voluntary control of the respiratory muscles.
Watch this ‘breathing exercise for inner calm’ by our Recovery and Wellbeing Academy:
Step B – Think positive
Then, shift your focus to something positive such as being grateful or compassionate about something or someone (it can be a small thing like the sun shining, seeing something beautiful or thinking about someone you care about, as long as it matters to you).
Step C – Focus and repeat
Try to keep your focus in a positive place, but it is completely normal to need to go round this a-b-c loop many times, whenever needed. It is a life skill that even when mastered still has to be practised (even the professionals still have to train to stay good!).
Watch this video of Dr Dan Barnard, who talks about managing anxiety and emotions: