Using the Physiological Sigh to Manage Anxiety

July 25, 2022 Liana M. Scott

Like most people, when I'm having a hard cry—which can be very emotional, sometimes overwhelming—I do a double intake of breath. It's like a hiccup, but not. My therapist told me that this is called the physiological sigh and that it helps reduce stress by balancing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in our bodies.

Why I Practice the Physiological Sigh

An essential tool to help manage anxiety is regulated breathing which can be hard to do when I'm in a state of heightened anxiety or even panic. I used to use the box-breathing method; inhale for seven seconds, hold, exhale for seven seconds, hold, repeat. This did very little to help my anxiety. Then my therapist introduced me to the physiological sigh, which I now practice proactively during yoga and meditation, and when I feel my anxiety rising.

APA Reference
Scott, L. (2022, July 25). Using the Physiological Sigh to Manage Anxiety, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 24 from

Author: Liana M. Scott

Connect with Liana on Twitter, Instagram, and her site.

July, 25 2022 at 11:11 am


Leave a reply