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   Posted 9/25/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
For anyone who's interested...
this breathing exercise i learned from an LCPC. it might not work for everyone, but it's supposed to calm and relax you. great for anxiety situations!
breathe in through your nose for 7 seconds. after 7 seconds hold the breath for four. after 4, release the breath through your mouth over a span of 8 seconds.
repeat this process 4 times.
see how you feel!
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   Posted 9/25/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for this!

I love to try out anything new. I will be giving this one a try

A technique I use is to shut my eyes, roll them back into my head and breath in and then roll them back down as I breath out. it really works for me an can be done anywhere fairly discretely.

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   Posted 9/26/2008 4:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the tip and concentrating on your breathing truly helps.  Also telling yourself you are OK helps.


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   Posted 9/27/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
What a good idea! My therapist said that the reason for counting, especially for counting to different numbers for each part of the breathing exercise, is because it helps to distract you. So you're getting the benefits of relaxation from the deep breathing and distraction from the uneven counting.

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