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Friday, December 16, 2011

Relieve Stress with Deep Breathing Exercises

Stress is a common cause of many ailments.  Stress causes a shallow type of breathing which in turns decreases the amount of oxygen that goes to the brain and the rest of the body is depleted as a result.  One way to help the body combat sickness and disease is through deep breathing.  Deep breathing is a simple but powerful technique which, if done daily can help the recovery process go faster, increase energy levels and lead to overall better health.

Here is a simple deep breathing exercise that can be done anywhere at any time. Optimally don't do it in smog and smoke filled environments.

  1. Sit upright with your back straight. Exhale.
  2. Breathe in and, at the same time, relax the muscles of your stomach. It should feel like your stomach is being filled with air. You should even see it like it is getting bigger with the air that is filling it.
  3. After you have done this, keep inhaling. Now feel the middle of your chest beginning to fill up. It should feel like your chest and your rib cage are expanding as well.
  4. Hold the breath in for a few seconds, then begin to let it out gradually.  Do this as slowly as you can.
  5. As you exhale, relax your chest and rib cage. Pull your stomach in to help the rest of the air to be let out.
  6. Close your eyes, and focus on your breathing.  Ignore all the noises around you and pay attention only to your breathing.
  7. Do this for approximately 5 minutes.
If you've never done deep breathing exercises before then you should start small and then increase the time up to 5 minutes.  For example start by doing this for 1 minute the first week, 2 minutes the second week and so on until you reach the 5 minute mark.  I've done this before but not very consistently.  I've found that it helps to clear my head and increase my energy levels whenever I do it.  I decided that today is the day I begin incorporating this into my early morning routine.  I intend to teach our boys to do this every morning when they wake up or at least at some point during the day as well.

Here's to better health for you and your family with deep breathing. And the best part is that it requires no financial investment.  With the state of the economy these days that is good news.

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  1. Yes indeed. Deep breathing increases oxygen levels in the body, increasing one's energy and relaxes the body and mind.

  2. Thanks for your contribution Aqiyl.

  3. Jo @ Jo's Health CornerDecember 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    What a great post! Deep breathing is so important for optimum health. Thanks for sharing this on the Living Well Blog Hop..Have a wonderful weekend!


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