What is anxiety? Fritz Perls, developer of Gestalt Therapy, used to tell his clients that:
“Anxiety is excitement without breathing.”
What a practical definition! The more constricted the breath – the more anxiety.
Something exciting is happening and you need to breathe.
What’s a situation where you are experiencing some anxiety? Where even just thinking about it triggers anxiety? Rather than suffer through or avoid the situation, try breathing.
Here’s the practice:
- Bring the situation/conversation to mind.
- And breathe . . . breathe . . . breathe.
- Keep holding the situation in mind and enjoy breathing.
How does that change your experience?
Where’s the anxiety, now?