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Breath exercises vs distraction

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Offline LoveGun

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Breath exercises vs distraction
« on: February 23, 2014, 10:07:52 AM »
I don't know if this is just me, but I find that breath exercises don't help me that much, they kind of just keep me in the panic mode by thinking about it. The only time I can actually feel peace is when I am distracted and not thinking about the problem at all. Anybody else?

,Rob
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Offline tinam7

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Re: Breath exercises vs distraction
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2014, 11:33:31 AM »
Whatever works is the best regardless of what others might say.

For me, however, breath awareness is big as it is connected to movement in yoga, even tai chi, and esp. meditation. The goal is to slow breathing, maybe repeat a calming mantra and, over time, recondition the brain to avoid anxiety, panic, fear, lack of confidence, etc.
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Offline Belinda

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Re: Breath exercises vs distraction
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 09:41:09 AM »
For me breath excercises help only if I'm in a safe and calm environment, where I'm able to sit down. If I'm outside somewhere it's super hard for me to just concentrate on my breathing, so it's much easier to use distraction.
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