You’re feeling crummy. You’re worried. You’re anxious. You didn’t get the job. Your car is making that funny noise again. The diagnosis wasn’t what you’d hoped. Nothing ever goes your way.
No matter what’s going wrong in your life, there’s something you can do in the moment to instantly feel better
And here it is.
Begin by focusing on what’s making you anxious. Really get into it. Wallow. See how lousy you can make yourself feel. How low can you go? Then, when you’re near or at rock bottom, rate your feelings on a scale from one to ten (one being “I’m feeling completely calm,” and ten being “I’m unbearably anxious.”)
Are you at four? Seven? Are you ready to change that?
Okay, here comes the magic.
To instantly feel better, all you have to do is:
1. With your next breath, inhale deeply and look up.
2. Hold your breath for a count of three.
3. Then, as you exhale slowly through your nose, notice how your belly softens, your shoulders lower and the tightness in your chest eases.
4. Repeat until calm.
That’s all there is to it. To feel better just breathe, look up and let go.
Not convinced? Why not give it a try?
As you take your next breath, look up at the sky, or the ceiling, or whatever’s now over your head. Hold to a count of three. Then, as you exhale, notice the softening in your chest, shoulders and belly. And as your body relaxes feel your anxiety ease. Ahhh….
Blink once or twice. Check back in with your feelings and rate your anxiety. If you aren’t at a one or a two, repeat the process until you are
It’s really that simple.