Take a Deep Breath

Want to relax your body and mind and see immediate results? Try breathing exercises to help reduce stress and feel refreshed.

Breathing exercises are beneficial to learn because you can do them anywhere and you don’t need additional materials to perform them. The more you practice, the quicker your body and mind will find calm and stillness.

Researching different breathing exercises can help find the best ones for you. In the meantime, try this simple breathing exercise to get started.

  • Step 1: Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your back pressed all the way against the back of the chair.
  • Step 2: Close your eyes.
  • Step 3: Place one hand on abdomen with your pinky finger resting just above your belly button and place the other hand on your chest. Pay attention to the rise and fall of your body as you breathe.
  • Step 4: Relax your shoulders.
  • Step 5: Inhale slowly to the count of three.
  • Step 6: Exhale slowly to the count of three, focusing on your diaphragm and your breath.
  • Step 7: Repeat until you find your calm.

Practice your favorite breathing exercise twice a day as you become accustomed to the exercise. Over time, elongate your breaths, taking your inhales and exhales from a count of three to a count of four, then five, and so on. Soon you will find the exercises coming more and more naturally as you learn to control your body’s response to stress.

Good places to practice:

  • At home
  • Sitting in your car at a stoplight (with your eyes open)
  • At work
  • When you find yourself in a stressful situation

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-do-deep-breathing-exercises-1945350