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How can I try to remember to breathe and try to remain calm?

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Last Updated: 08/31/2020 at 7:38am
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Lisa Meighan, MSc Psychology


Hello, I am Lisa and I work in a person-centred approach mixed with cognitive behavioural therapy. I believe we all have the potential to be the best we can be.

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February 17th, 2015 12:44am
What I do is place one hand on my chest, the other on my stomach and focus on my hands and when they move while i'm breathing. It seems to calm me down.
April 4th, 2015 9:53pm
know that you are stressed or anxious and remember that life gets better if you just breathe and then you can think with a clear mind
December 4th, 2018 7:37pm
Well what you can do is a set an alarm on your smart phone and tell yourself that you are going to set some time aside for yourself and to practice how to breathe. There is nothing easy then taking that time to listening to yourself breathe. I am a martial artist and my master always told me that you have to breathe to live and that every breath we take for ourselves must be for ourselves in the sense that we need to listen to our bodies. Remain calm comes through when you figure out that art of breathing. I have a hard time with this at times but I do take that time for myself and I do just that, I sit and listening to the things around and the first things I notice is my breathing and how it is making me feel. Always come back to the center of your spirit.
January 26th, 2015 2:55am
Think about happy thoughts,like unicorns.I know it may sound silly,but sometimes in helps.Think about whatever makes you happy,ice cream unless you have allergies for that. :D
January 27th, 2015 9:17pm
Use different exercises when you are in the situation. Some use singing, other uses yoga and breath controlling methods. If you about to get worked up take a walk and calm your head and even if you don't feel like it, do it anyway! Make intervals were you work and relax!
May 1st, 2015 7:12am
You may have seen this on television at one point or another where a person holds a paper bag over their mouth and breathes into it. This technique is actually used to help one physically see that they are breathing deeply (because when you're panicking, your breathing actually becomes more shallow). Breathing into the bag and forcing it to fully expand, like a balloon, will indicate that you are breathing deeply. So, the way one might "remember" to breathe is to simply think about HOW they are breathing -- is it quick and shallow? or long and deep?
June 29th, 2015 10:44pm
When anxiety is triggered, try throwing on some headphones and listening to your favorite song. Taking your dog on a walk. Dancing vigorously in your back yard. Just keep your mind focused on movement, breathing, or rhythm.
May 31st, 2016 12:17am
What works for me personally is mixing the idea of concentrating on my breathing with something physical. For example, if you have maybe something with a different texture that you are around often (like a hat or a bag), allow yourself to start touching and feeling that material when you are feeling worked up. Soon, when you feel that way again, and you touch that material, you will be reminded of your breathing. Hope this helps!
June 28th, 2016 4:18pm
Well, to remember to breath just count take deep slow meaningful breaths and cound backwards from 10 close your eyes and think of the happy outcome
July 25th, 2016 10:48pm
Counting to ten is always a great idea! It gives your brain time to relax and focus on the here and now.
September 26th, 2016 4:02am
Having self control over your mental emotions in a physical altitude can be quite stressful at first, but here is a plausible solution to this very normal but scary situation. Now, before I proceed, this is from my personal experience and should NOT be taken as legitimate advice, please use this method as more of a guide. The best thing to remember, is that its absolutely okay to feel scared, its okay to get anxious, its okay to have these feelings. And that you can easily and slowly ease yourself out of this situation by remaining comfortable, calm and collective. Try to distract your thoughts to something you enjoy, like continuing with that art piece you were working on, or maybe talking to us on 7 cups, and talking to a trustworthy friend or relative about how you feel. Remember, you don't have to be silent about your suffering. Please say something or contact a professional if you feel you are mentally incapable of controlling your physical reactions to mental, emotional and psychological triggers.
March 21st, 2017 4:37pm
Focus on what is going on in front of you, focus on one object in front of you. What color is it? What does it feel like? Just by centering yourself through the act of mindfulness you can begin to start breathing and feeling calm.
November 27th, 2017 2:20pm
That is very tough to do. When I feel the need to do just that I often close my eyes and take in a deep breath, and then let it out.
April 30th, 2018 10:45pm
When I would face panic attacks. I would hyperventilate. In this situation, I would hold my breath and then take it slow from their.
August 13th, 2018 6:03am
Close your eyes, count to 10 breathing in and out slowly. Repeat as needed any time any place! This has helped me for a while.
August 31st, 2020 7:38am
This is a very difficult thing to do when you get thrown into that state where you just want to act/react and not care about the rest. Though reminding yourself then is probably the most important thing you can do. There are many ways in which you can remind yourself, both mentally and physically. But it's important that you find a way that works specifically for you. However, here are a few suggestions if you want to give them a read: Mentally: - Remind yourself why you need to do it, or what your goal is. - Focusing on what is happening and try to discern truth from lie. - Think of something that comforts you Physically: - Step away and get some perspective - Voice that you're overwhelmed (whether to yourself out loud or to someone/something) - Write something on your phone (or a journal on you) that you can read when you start to slip - Message someone you trust and who understand Hope some of these helped or gave you an idea of what could work for you specifically! :)