Are you feeling the effects of increased anxiety and stress? Here's a very beneficial and simple exercise you can do right now to help: the Butterfly Hug.
The butterfly hug is an immediate stress-reducing technique, and is something you can do right now to decrease anxiety and lower your heart rate. Here's how to butterfly hug yourself:
- Cross your hands across your chest, with your middle fingers resting on your collarbones
- Raise your elbows to create your butterfly wings
- Slowly tap hands on your chest, alternating left and right
- While tapping, breathe in through your nose and exhale through your nose until you start to feel some relief.
This can be done wherever you are comfortable, standing, sitting in a chair or lying down, eyes open or closed.
Did you catch our live webinar: Leaning into the unknown: Managing anxiety during challenging times with Therapist Shannon Worley? She walks viewers through the Butterfly Hug technique and many others. If you missed it live yesterday you can catch that full on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel.