The act of modifying our breathing is fully within our control, and we can use the activity to help us relax and unwind. When your stress levels get high, try one or more of these breathing exercises:
Two Breathing Exercises to Counter Stress
Exercise 1: The Relaxing Breath
This exercise focuses is easy and you can do it almost anywhere. To get yourself into the best body position for the exercise, sit and straighten your back. Place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth. Keep your tongue there throughout the exercise.
Begin by exhaling through your mouth. Make a “whoosh” sound as you do so. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose slowly for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Then exhale through your mouth, making the whoosh sound again, for a count of eight.
This sequence is one breath. Repeat the breathing activity for four breaths in total.
Exercise 2: The Bellows Breath
Raise your feeling of alertness by using the Bellows Breath exercise. Close your mouth and relax it. Then inhale and exhale quickly through your nose in breaths that are equal in length to one another but all are very short.
Complete three breath cycles, which are noisy breathing exercises, and then return to normal breathing. Start with 15 seconds for your first time. Increase the duration of the exercise by five seconds each time you do it until you gradually reach one minute.
The Bellows Breath is a great alternative to sipping a cup of coffee as a way to give you a rise in energy in your day. Meanwhile, the Relaxing Breath Exercise is designed to relax you. Try the exercises – they don’t take long to do and require no special equipment! The exercises are designed to de-stress your body and mind.
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