By Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith

Part of Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Feelings of anxiety often are accompanied by physical reactions. When your body trembles with anxious sensations like sweaty hands, a shaky voice, a racing heart, or an upset stomach, try a few relaxing breaths:

  1. Put your hand on your abdomen.

  2. Take a slow, deep breath and notice your abdomen expanding.

  3. Hold that breath for 5 or 6 seconds.

  4. Slowly breathe out and let your shoulders droop.

  5. As you exhale, say the word “relax” to yourself.

  6. Repeat this type of breath ten times.