Stressed? Anxious? Panicked? Do these feelings seem all too familiar in your daily life, especially when you’re up against deadlines? Is stress causing you insomnia and restlessness? Mindful breathing practices offer a range of solutions. A brief guided mindfulness meditation can shift your focus from distressing thoughts back to the present moment. Regular practice of mindfulness meditation can enhance your quality of life and overall well-being.
The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has been contributing research and videos on how to tackle anxiety and stress through breath control and practices. As breathing gains recognition as a dominant vital sign, these resources become increasingly important. In one such video, Dr. Christiane Wolf, MD, Ph.D., a Mindfulness and Insight Meditation Teacher at InsightLA in Los Angeles, explains mindful breathing techniques to combat anxiety.
Using breath as an anchor and engaging in regular mindfulness meditation practices have been widely researched and accepted. These techniques can reduce symptoms like anxiety, depression, and stress, leading to a healthier and happier life.