Breathing exercises are often recommended to help reduce stress and promote healing for good reason; breathing exercises are convenient, simple, and effective. When you find yourself over-worked, under-slept, and feeling the everyday pressures of life it’s important to take a little time to relax and let go of the stress that’s been building up over the course of the day.
In numerous studies, those who took the initiative to perform regular breathing exercises were found to have a better quality of life with a strong feeling of well-being, improved nutrition, memory, and cognitive function, as well as more energy, heartfelt feelings such as love, and less irritability and impatience.
By learning simple, yet calming breathing techniques that you can perform anywhere and at any time you can help kick excess stress to the curve and improve your overall quality of life, happiness, and health.
Abdominal Breathing. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen as you take a deep breath in from your nose, allowing your abdomen to rise higher than your hand on your chest. Exhale out from your mouth slowly. Repeat this breathing exercise a total of five times whenever you feel overwhelmed, upset, or stressed.
Equal Breathing. Begin by inhaling for a count of four seconds, then exhaling for a count of four seconds. Breathing all through the nose to add a natural resistance to your breath. While this technique can be done anywhere and at any time, it’s most effective to help calm nerves and reduce stress right before bed.
Progressive Relaxation. To reduce tension from head to toe, close your eyes and focus on tensing and relaxing each individual muscle group for three seconds each. Start with your feet and toes, then move up to the knees, thighs, rear, chest, arms, and so on. All while maintaining deep, slow breaths.
While these are just three examples of breathing exercises to reduce stress there are thousands out there. Don’t allow your stress to get the best of you and your health. Take the time to find the breathing exercises that work best for you and perform them regularly throughout your day to day living to reap a happier and healthier you.