Once anxiety has set in, it can be hard to derail. During panic attacks, your nervous system commits to a “fight or flight” response. Shallow breathing, rising blood pressure and a strong sense of distress has the potential to take over if no steps are taken to intervene.
One easy, efficient step is to go into a yoga pose designed to shift the nervous system from the sympathetic (high panic) mode to the parasympathetic (relaxed) state. The following postures can be done anywhere that you have a little privacy and quiet. For optimal benefits, try to hold them for three to five minutes. In addition to being calming, the postures can be a great preparation for sleep. Try one before bed (or a nap) to unwind and release the day, letting go of expectations and making way for the pleasure and recovery that sleep will bring.