On any given day, I might avoid half a dozen ways of relieving anxiety.
Zone out for 5 minutes first thing in the morning? I can’t wait that long to check the news or Busy Phillips’ Instagram stories. Go for a walk? I might have to avoid the neighbor I hate (or, inconceivably worse, talk to the neighbor I like). Do yoga? I’m too tired. Meditate? I’m too restless. Journal? I’ve been writing all day. Go to sleep early? I’ve only binge-watched two episodes of Project Runway season 7 that aired in 2010.
Breathing exercises for anxiety are the exception.
While it did take me years to make myself learn them, now that I know them, I find myself turning to breathing exercises pretty regularly. Because I don’t have to get up or get ready to do them. I can stay seated, or standing, or lying down. I don’t have to commit to my 20-minute yoga practice, or a 10-minute walk around the block, or even a 5-minute meditation. Just 60 seconds of breathing exercises for anxiety feels good.