Tamar Chansky, Ph.D. is a pro at coming up with ways to tame anxiety. In her book “Freeing Your Child From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,” she recommends these exercises to manage anxiety:
- Diaphragmatic breathing, or balloon breaths. Take deep, slow breaths from the diaphragm (not the chest), breathing in through the nose to a count of three and out to a count of three without holding your breath, saying “relax” silently on the exhale.
- Progressive relaxation. Starting with the toes and working up to the head, then and relax each body part.
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