Because of anxiety I tend to hold my body in a certain way, as if protecting myself. I do things to deal with my anxiety, but I also need to do something for my body to let out the tension that anxiety creates in my muscles. This self-care is essential in cultivating patience and loving-kindness which helps to lessen my overall anxiety.
Here is a breathing exercise to help relieve physical or mental/emotional tension. It can be used at any time to ground yourself in the present moment and relieve stress. Those with insomnia can practice it while lying in bed. This practice can be nice to use during a resting practice if you’re finding yourself very distracted.