Deep Breathing for Stress Relief

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Did you know that when people are stressed or focusing on something, them tend to hold their breath a lot? Yep, it’s true. That means while we are focusing on tasks throughout the day, or dealing with a stressful situation, we are holding our breath a lot during the day. For an someone who is stressed out, this can be bad news!

If you are already in a state of chronic stress, you have a nervous system that is in overdrive. But deep, relaxed breathing can help to calm down your nervous system when it’s been working way too hard!

Deep breathing is a wonderful tool that you can use to begin undoing emotional stress. Unfortunately, when we are stressed, we tend to breathe more shallowly without even being aware of how little oxygen we are taking in. But since you most likely deal with chronic stress daily, it is safe to say that you probably aren’t taking in the amount of oxygen you need to help keep yourself healthy. But deep breathing is one tool that can help!

Some of the benefits of deep breathing include:

  • Increased blood oxygen levels
  • Calming of nervous system
  • Reduced stress
  • Increase in mental clarity
  • Improves mood through the release of endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemicals
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system, which clear out toxins from the body
  • Can decrease depression and anxiety
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces pain
  • Helps with Insomnia
  • Can help you to be more grounded

So as you can see, adding deep breathing to your daily routine, can not only help you to manage stress, but it can help you to experience better overall health.

The major problem that people face when it comes to breathing deeply, is that they are actually breathing incorrectly. Because of the stress and tension of everyday life, most people breathe shallowly, filling only the top portion of the lungs, not filling them fully and completely.

It is important to understand how to breathe correctly in order to experience health benefits from breathing. Breathing incorrectly can actually create more problems as it can make improper breathing even more pronounced. When you breathe properly, the breaths are very relaxed and gentle, never forced.

Here is a video that demonstrates deep breathing

A few minutes of focused, relaxed breathing can help you to get rid of unwanted stress rapidly and to help you to calm down in stressful situations.

One simple exercise that is particularly effective:

1. Inhale for a count of 4 seconds

2. Hold the breath for a count of 4 seconds

3. Exhale slowly for a count of 8 seconds

This simple breathing exercise can help you reduce stress in less than 1 minute guaranteed! This is important for everyone to do regularly, and can be done almost anywhere too!

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