Abdominal breathing exercise for exam anxiety
3-5 minutes of this exercise will help you relax during your exams.
Practicing this every day improves our overall breathing pattern, strengthens the diaphragm, increases oxygen supply to the brain and triggers the body's natural relaxation response.
Choose a quiet spot. Begin by observing the level of tension in your body. Place one hand on your abdomen, right beneath your rib cage, as you do this.
Breathe in slowly through your nose into the ‘bottom’ of your lungs and let the air in as deeply as you can. Let your hand remain over your abdomen.
As you breathe in, your chest moves only slightly, and your abdomen expands to take in all the air you inhale.
After inhaling fully, pause briefly, and let the air out slowly through your nose or mouth depending on whichever is comfortable. Exhale fully. As you do this, you will notice that your abdomen flattens.
After completing one cycle, continue practicing in the same order for about 3-5 minutes. You're sure to feel more relaxed and calm.