The GIF That Helps Calm My Heart Palpitations

Tom August  —  September 9, 2016

I don’t remember where I came across this on the interwebs (it can be found in a number of places) but this simple little GIF has been a wonderful tool in my “Stop My Heart Palpitations” toolbox. It’s really simple, but that is the beauty of it.

All it does it expand and contract with geometric shapes. You can sync your breathing to it and really helps with anxiety. When I’m anxious, my heart palpitations go wild, so anything to calm me down is a blessing. It’s a small thing, but I have put it on my phone and look at it when I’m really feeling anxious.

There are a number of breathing techniques to try to help stop heart palpitations (I’ve covered some of them HERE) but this is a great place to start.

HERE IT IS (The Breathing Exercise GIF for anxiety):

The GIF that helps calm my heart palpitations

What do you think? Have you tried this? Do you like it?

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6 responses to The GIF That Helps Calm My Heart Palpitations

  1. Nothing new, and it doesn’t help in PAF.
    Do not kid people.

    • I am by no means saying that this is new or revolutionary. On the contrary, it’s something very simple. I’m just saying it has been helpful for me so hopefully it will be helpful for others. I don’t have AFib, I have PVCs and PACs which get worse with anxiety and stress (you can read more about my story here: So I can’t necessarily speak to what helps those with AFib, but reducing the anxiety that AFib produces would still be helpful to some degree I assume.

  2. No it will not help AFIB but it could help people who are having an anxiety attack. Breathing techniques can calm the parasympathetic nerve. Pursed lip breathing can calm palpitations but will not calm an arrhythmia so you can try Tom’s exercise along with breathing techniqued.

  3. Thank you for this. I always find value in hearing about new things you have tried for yourself. We can all take what we think will serve us and be grateful for that.
    Much appreciated.

  4. Tom, do you notice a lot of burping when you have your skips? I always seem to and i’be noticed a lot of others have as well, yet no one, not even doctors seem to know why. Highly frustrating!

    • Just joined this site. I definitely notice the burps! I get loads of ectopics beats when I eat or drink too, or bend over. They drive me mad. I feel dizzy if I get a lot in the day and uncomfortable in the chest. Ecgs and Alivecor device all say, normal.