Breathing Techniques for Quick Stress Relief
Breathing techniques for quick stress relief are one of the simplest and most effective tools to short-circuit the stress response.
These breathing exercises take control of stress and promote relaxation and focus.
Do you ever get stressed about being stressed?
Do the pounding heart and the butterflies in your stomach before a big speech or exam make you even more stressed?
Sometimes the signs of stress can lead to more stress...which creates a vicious cycle of increasing stress.
I remember I used to get nervous before lecturing at university.
The pounding heart and nervous tension I felt before each class made me even more stressed.
I used to resist the sensation and wish that I could relax more. I remember saying to myself, “I hate feeling tense. My heart is pounding and I need to relax!”
Well...guess what happened next?
My heart raced faster than a ballistic missile and I got more uptight!
The more that I resisted the sensations the more they increased and the worse that I felt.
Breathing techniques offer a way to break this increasing cycle of stress.
Breathing techniques: The Centering Breath
In my practice I have used this Centering Breath for:
This deep breathing exercise quickly counters the stress response and offers a strategy for quick stress relief.
So next time you feel the stress rising, try this breathing technique to short-circuit it and take control.
This breathing exercise can be performed quickly by just about anyone.
The Centering Breath
Tips to remember for this deep breathing technique
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