Healing Anxiety and Fear
How proper breathing can help manage and eliminate panic
BY: Tara Springett
I always feel very confident when I am approached by a new client who suffers from anxiety, fear, phobia or panic attacks. I have helped so many people with these problems and everyone was able to completely eliminate these painful feelings within a matter of weeks.
How can I be so sure that I can help anyone who suffers from anxiety? It is because chronic anxiety and related feelings are not really psychological problems. They may have started at some point from a psychological trauma but, in itself, chronic fear is the result of breathing in a faulty way. So, all I have to do is to show my clients how to gently correct their breathing and use simple visualisations such as seeing themselves in a bubble of light. The chronic fearfulness will almost immediately lessen and be completely eliminated after only a few weeks.
This is not just a theory. Even people in the throes of an acute panic attack have regularly experienced almost immediate relief by changing their breathing and simple visualisations. It never took longer than a few minutes until the panic had completely disappeared.
When I explain my approach to curing anxiety to my clients many have trouble believing it because they have a feeling that there is something deeply wrong with them on a psychological level. But that is not true. There is nothing particularly wrong with their psyche. They have only developed a detrimental breathing habit that has changed their body chemistry in a negative way, resulting in chronic anxiety.
What is this faulty breathing habit? To put it simply, it is over-breathing – inhaling too much and too fast. Inhaling too much and too fast for a long period of time changes the chemical balance in our body in a very destructive way. Just like chronic over-eating has many negative consequences, over-breathing creates stress and anxiety symptoms, even panic attacks.
So, what does the breathing technique look like that will cure our chronic anxiety? Simply put, we need to breathe less. Once our breathing has slowed down the oxygen in our blood will be delivered even more efficiently to our brain and inner organs. And what is most important, you will feel calmer and your anxiety will disappear.
Is this advice too simple? Sometimes people dismiss this quick solution to their anxiety problem because they just cannot imagine that it could be so easy. But nobody has to live with anxiety. You can get rid of it quite easily.
To learn more about eliminating anxiety please refer to Tara Springett's book The Five-Minute Miracle. Tara holds an M.A. in Education and has post-graduate qualifications in gestalt therapy, body awareness therapy and transpersonal therapy. She is a fully qualified and licensed psychotherapist and counselor. Tara has worked as a drugs counselor, counselor for adolescents and general psychotherapist since 1988. Tara has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner since 1986. In 1997 she received encouragement from her Buddhist teachers to teach meditation. Tara is the author of several self-help books. She has been featured in numerous publications and has appeared on various radio and television shows in Europe and the United States. Her website is: www.taraspringett.com.