Breathing to Reduce Stress
We all breathe, but did you know that breathing is a great way to relax the body.
If you want to learn how to breathe properly, watch a baby. While all of us know how to breathe in-and-out, pretty much most of us do not breathe correctly.
Unlike a baby, we tend to breathe from our chests, not from our diaphragms.
However a deep breathing is healthy and it can reduce your stress!
It is hard to believe that probably one of the best stress management tools is right under our noses!
Why is this?
When stress starts to build up in your body, you begin to start to take "shallow" chest breaths. As a result you are filling up only the top part of your lungs with air.
So next time you are doing an exam, performing in front of a crowd, or stuck in commuter traffic - or indeed any time you feel tense, you are likely to breathe shallowly from the chest.
So as your shallow breathing continues, oxygen levels drop and stress chemicals are secreted into the blood stream. A vicious cycle occurs, with these stress hormones triggering more shallow breathing and so you become more anxious.
As less oxygen is circulated and your stress levels increase, you are less able to think clearly. You become tenser.
These breathing exercises are designed to counter the stress response.
By using diaphragmatic breathing, these breathing exercises will reduce your stress so that you can focus on what you have to do.
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