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People get anxious sometimes. It’s a normal response that can sometimes get out of hand—like when it makes your mind shut down before a test or a big meeting.

If you ever find a strong emotion like anxiety getting in the way of your day, different forms of Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you to lower emotional intensity. CBT recognizes that we can’t always change our emotions by focusing directly on them. It helps us to focus instead on the things we can change—like the thoughts and behaviors that feed emotion—to indirectly calm our emotional state.

A simple, yet effective, CBT technique for reducing anxiety is called power breathing. Here’s a quick video from BigThink.com that describes how to power breathe and what makes it so effective.