Stress can take a significant toll on our bodies. Over time, stress can manifest in many ways such as feelings of depression, high blood pressure, insomnia and infertility just to name a few. Did you know that learning the proper breathing techniques could not only reduce your stress level but also calm your nervous system and increase your focus? That’s right. The key to reducing stress has been under your nose the entire time!
Proper breathing is a science. When we are under stress we tend to change our breathing pattern and during times of stress we take small shallow breathes which upsets the balance of gases in the body. This type of rapid breathing gives the body anxiety, the opposite effect we are looking for. Long slow controlled breathes can help promote the feeling of relaxation and hence reduces stress. Controlled breathing is a simple technique that can be easily learned. Here are a few tips to help you to breathe deeply:
• Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes
• Take a deep breathe in through your nose until you fill you abdomen
• Exhale through your mouth until you have completely expelled all the breathe in your abdomen
• Repeat these steps at least five times
Looking for more breathing advice? Speak to your doctor for techniques or try a yoga class to get some great tips on proper breathing. You can also start right away by clicking here for 6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less.