This satisfying gif is helping people deal with anxiety

Gabriel Samuels@gabs_samuels
Monday 11 April 2016 14:40

Breathe in, breathe out, people.

Everyone has their own ways of dealing with pent-up stress and anguish - buying a stress ball, dabbling with meditation or just using a pillow as a punching bag are all tried and tested ways to prevent you tearing your hair out.

A gif has been floating around the internet that many people say puts them in a zen-like state of mind - just by staring at it for a few minutes.

It shows a line expanding out into a triangle, then a square, then a pentagon, hexagon, octagon and so on before folding back in on itself in a really visually satisfying way.

It's thought that the rhythm of movement and repetition - when paired with deep breathing on the part of the viewer - can help soothe the area of the brain that deals with stress build-up.

Focussing on slow breathing is a tried and tested way to help soothe the symptoms of an anxiety attack: so why not sit back, inhale, exhale, and treat yourself to some precise linear geometry.

H/T: Mic

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