When we sense a danger and feel anxious a primitive response is triggered known as ‘Flight or fight’. Our bodies then go through different changes to help us prepare to meet the danger, by either running away or fighting.

Watch our Flight or fight animation to learn more about anxiety and the threat response.

Read transcript of The flight or fight response animation

This includes shutting down our immune and digestive systems which means that it is only when we are relaxed that our bodies can make repairs, store energy, take nutrients from food and fully combat infections.

Relaxing isn’t just collapsing in front of the TV – it does require some work and practice.

Breathing techniques and exercises are quick and simple tools that can help us relax. Try the techniques below and find out which works for you. Techniques should be practised every day to have a more long-term effect.

If you are pregnant – only do any exercises as long as you feel comfortable.