I recently had an experience with my EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioner, in which I was relaying to her one of my painful past memories. As I was explaining it, my breathing became rapid and shallow, my vision narrowed, my mind was buzzing yet hyper-focused on the incident; I was in a full-on fight/flight stress response.
My practitioner was understanding and supportive. Instead of saying “slow your breathing down”, she guided me through an incredibly simple and surprisingly powerful breathing technique that quickly had me calm and centred again.
I want to share this technique with you.
You can use it when you notice that you are triggered, riled up, emotionally flooded, in the fight/flight stress response, or even when there is nothing “wrong” but you want to feel more at ease.
Breathe in for 1 second. Breathe out for 1 second.
Breathe in for 2 seconds. Breathe out for 2 seconds.
Breathe in for 3 seconds. Breathe out for 3 seconds.
Breathe in for 4 seconds. Breathe out for 4 seconds.
Breathe in for 5 seconds. Breathe out for 5 seconds.
Breathe in for 6 seconds. Breathe out for 6 seconds.
I hope this super-simple technique is as helpful for you as it was for me.
Try it out! Let me know what you noticed when you tried it.
Here’s to conquering stress.
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