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One technique that's helped me a lot - especially at bedtime -is belly breathing.  I think the key is to practice doing it when you are feeling pretty calm already so you can start doing it easily when  you start to feel anxious or panicky.  Although it's best to do lying down, I've even done it in the car.  It does feel a little weird at first and takes a little practice for it to become natural, but I do think it helps.  Besides heading off hyperventilation, I think it helps to be focusing on your breathing instead of the anxious feelings. Seems to help break the cycle.


Here's a link to a simple description.  Hope it helps someone.  :)





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