Breathing exercises to reduce stress

Postdate: 27 December 2017

Do you sometimes feel tired, pressured or stressed? The rhythm of your breathing says a lot about your current state: a short, fast breathing, for example, is an indication of stress. There are many ways to relax. All you need are a healthy pair of lungs, your breath, and 10 minutes or less.

Breathing is so fundamental that you may not realise how it effects your body. Most breathing exercises originate from yoga or meditation and often focus on 'de-stressing'. You can apply these techniques anywhere but some of them are better to be used before you go to bed. They distract you from thoughts that are running through your head. Close your eyes and focus on the relaxation of one part of your body. Work from the bottom to the top while you keep breathing slowly. When you find it hard to concentrate, you can try to hold your breath for 5 seconds and to exhale through your mouth.

You can use your hands as a kind of support by placing them on your belly and/or chest while you breathe. Breathe in deep through your nose for a few seconds and hold your breath. Count in your mind, and then exhale for as long as you can. This technique works best just before a stressful event. The same applies to abdominal breathing. With this technique, your breathing will automatically become more relaxed.

Your breathing and productivity go hand in hand because a wrong way of breathing can result in an increased heart rate and fatigue. Besides relaxation, there are also breathing exercises that will raise your energy level or make you feel comfortable. Breathe in slowly and then exhale forcefully from your lower abdomen. You can do this, for example, when you get out of bed in the morning. The alternating nasal breathing also works well. This is an exercise whereby you press your right thumb on your right nostril and then alternate between sides after breathing in deeply.

Stress and unrest can still reappear, so be aware that your breathing is still something to work with. It is, of course, impossible to think about your breathing every moment of the day, but you can train it. Repeating the exercises is the most effective way to get a relaxed breathing and thus less stress.

Source YouTube: Gradatus coaching & counseling

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