We have discovered six simple exercises to help calm your frayed nerves. All they involve is breathing, and they have been tried and tested. It is best to do these exercises no more than 5 to 10 times in a row.
How to Calm Down in Just Two Breaths
The basic rule of thumb for doing stress-busting breathing exercises:
Sit up straight, close your eyes, relax, and think positive things.
To quickly reduce stress:
Take short, relatively deep breaths. Then hold your breath for 4 seconds and exhale slowly and fully. Now wait 5 seconds and inhale again.
To help you relax and clear your mind:
Place one hand on the forehead and the other on the back of the neck. This will help strengthen the blood flow to these parts of the head, helping to reduce tension.
Without removing your hands, inhale and exhale evenly, with a slight delay between inhale and exhale.
To calm your nerves:
Inhale deeply and then exhale strongly with your mouth slightly open. As you exhale, let the air out in small “portions”, pushing it from the inside out.
Here you have to do an artificial yawn. Opening your mouth as wide as possible, to the point of feeling the tension in your lower jaw, breathe evenly. You should be able to feel your lungs fill with air. Hold your breath for 2 seconds, then breathe out carefully and evenly.
Inhaling fully and without holding your breath, let the air out through your open mouth. Your lips should form a circle. Breathe out the air in portions.
The first part of the exhalation should be the longest and each part should contain less and less air. After exhaling completely, wait 5-10 seconds and repeat the breathing exercise.