Muscles tight? Breathe deeply!

  • Fact: Our body “naturally” constricts and tightens muscles (neck, shoulders, jaw, etc.) as an automatic response to anxiety. Deep breaths oxygenate our blood and initiate a bio-chemical sequence that supports efforts to relax tight muscles.
  • Action: Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Focus your awareness on which muscles are tight, and very slowly inhale and exhale three times. As you exhale, consciously relax the muscles you find are most tight.