In times of anxiety, muscles tighten, shoulders can lift toward the ears, and you may hold your breath or breathe from your chest. This signals your brain and nervous system that there is an imminent threat. By sitting or standing straight, you'll be signalling safety to your brain and reducing your breathing rate.
Give this technique a go:
|Feet Flat on the Floor||Plant your feet apart from each other. Have both feet flat on the floor with your weight distributed equally between them.|
|Stand Tall||Consciously straighten back, from your tailbone up. Lift up your head so your neck is in line with the rest of your spine, rather than dropping forward.|
|Take a Deep Breath and Broaden the Chest||Breathe in deeply, feeling your lungs expand. Let your shoulders come back and your chest broaden.|
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