We all know that this year is a difficult year, especially for people suffering from anxiety and mental health problems. Research conducted by Rethink Mental Illness shows that 80% of people with mental illness say that international health threats have worsened their anxiety and mental health.
Anxiety is something that everyone experiences from time to time. It is a completely normal reaction and usually passes after the situation is over. It makes our heart beat faster, and may make us sweat, tremble, or even breathe shortly.
However, for some people, these feelings can be continuous, overwhelming, and become a disproportionate response that disproportionately affects their daily lives. When anxiety becomes a problem, our worries will become strong and unreasonable, interfering with our daily life and interpersonal relationships.
The good news is that there are many ways you can try to help cope with anxiety, one of which is breathing through a straw. This is a very simple technique that only requires a straw and 5 minutes. It can help significantly reduce feelings of anxiety and panic, and increase feelings of calm and relaxation.
When you feel stressed, angry or panic, you tend to take short, shallow breathing, which in turn increases the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the fight or flight response.
If you are able to breathe slowly and deeply, this may stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby balancing the role of the sympathetic nervous system, thereby keeping you in a calm state. Regular drinking straw exercises can help your body restore its natural balance and reduce your response to stress. It can also significantly reduce anxiety.
Sit comfortably with your back straight and allow your lungs to expand fully.
Inhale through your nose, then exhale completely and slowly through the straw. Don’t exhale forcibly. Repeat this process for about five minutes.
Try to exhale into the abdomen and feel the movement of the abdomen as you inhale and exhale.
Don’t breathe hard, just breathe spontaneously.
Let your mind calm down and feel the feeling of peace.
To increase the intensity, exhale through a straw into a glass of water.
You will find that the pressure will slowly exit your body as you exhale and inhale.