Anxiety Reduction Exercises: Over Energy Correction and Butterfly Hug

By Kaylen Hagadorn, LCSW

Often, when we feel overwhelmed by anxiety, we are unable to focus or calm ourselves down in the moment. Two easy techniques that can be done quickly are "Over Energy Correction" and the "Butterfly Hug." See instructions below for both:

Over Energy Correction:

  1. Find a comfortable chair to sit in

  2. Cross your left ankle over your right ankle

  3. Extend your arms in front of your body, thumbs down, palms out

  4. Cross your right hand over your left hand and interlace your fingers

  5. Roll your hands up to your chest and tuck them under your chin

  6. Place your tongue against the roof of your mouth, just behind the center ridge

  7. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for two minutes

Follow this link for video instruction:

Kaylen Hagadorn is a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy LCSW. If you are looking for support in finding solutions to enhance your overall wellness, contact Cobb Psychotherapy by calling 718-260-6042 or emailing, and see how therapy can help.

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