Wellness Wednesday: In Times of Anxiety, Remember to Breathe

When finding yourself in a situation that evokes feelings of tension or anxiety, such as an opening or closing argument or a confrontation with opposing counsel, try pausing and taking one or two slow, deep, complete breaths before taking action. Since breathing is connected to the bodily systems associated with emotion and physiological response to stress, this will help your body relax, better enabling you to respond in a calm and thoughtful manner. Rather than succumbing to the nervous system’s “fight or flight” response, the “relaxation response” will ease the stress response, resulting in greater calmness and enhanced focus. While some people find that taking a sip of water helps them feel more comfortable in doing this, keep in mind that you are not expected to respond instantaneously (nor should you)!
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