Breathing Technique Can Calm Emotion of Fear

If the emotion of fear becomes intense or overwhelming, it's helpful to breathe deeply, from the lower abdomen as in a yoga exercise, and simply continue to follow one's breath. Counting breaths is often a good way to do this. In addition, one may focus on the present moment, a moment we often find is safe, and which holds previously unrecognized resources. Fear is usually about the future, while the present moment puts us in touch with what is available to us.

Dr. Bradley Olson is a Jungian psychologist in private practice and co-owner of Mountain Waves Healing Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is also a frequent lecturer and writer whose topics intersect with mythology, psychology, spirituality, and culture. To contact him about this article, e-mail Dr. Olson at or visit