Did you know that proper breathing can help you to de-stress? This is because when we are anxious our breathing gets faster and more shallow–not good for our bodies as it can cause exhaustion, light-headedness and dizziness. To combat this there are 2 easy breathing exercises we can do. Check these out:
Step 1: Focus On Your Breathing
Focusing on your breathing and breathe through your nose. “You’re paying attention to two things – the rate at which you’re breathing and the depth of your breathing, ” says Psychologist Damien Adler, from Victoria’s Mind Life Clinic. The point here is to slow down your breathing by becoming aware of how fast you’re inhaling and exhaling and increasing your depth of breath.
To increase the depth of your breathing, Adler advises you breathe from your belly rather than from your chest. “The best way to do that is to place a hand on your belly…and if you’re looking at your belly you should see your hand rise up and down.” To help slow your breathing rate, Adler recommends breathing in for three seconds, holding it for one second and then breathing out for four seconds.
Step 2: Test It Out
Experts say that this type of breathing can relax you and make your workload easier to conquer. You can test this out by measuring your heart rate when you’re stressed and measuring your breathing. Next, close your eyes and place your hands on your belly to make sure you’re doing the deep belly breathing.
After two minutes, your heart rate should drop and your breathing rate should slow. You may feel more focused, calmer and ready to tackle your tasks.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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