/ Elliot C Smith / blog

Breathing

March 12, 2020

Sometimes I get anxious. It’s a part of my personality I am trying to improve but for now it happens. When it does I can get stuck. Stuck in a loop of worry and it makes my unproductive. It usually doesn’t last a long time but it is annoying. I see myself as rational and there is often nothing I can rationally pin it to. That means I need to find ways to decouple the emotional response from the rational one. Something that helps is controlled breathing.

Five seconds in, five seconds out, repeated five times. There is nothing special about those numbers other than they are easy to remember and count to. The first breath or two feel pretty normal. Maybe even a bit silly. By three or four I feel more relaxed. If at five I’m still not feeling it, I do a couple more.

There is no magic trick. We’re human. There are however, lots of little things that help. For me, this is one of them. I hope it helps you too.

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