Stress and anxiety (and a lack of sleep) are contributing factors for many common health problems.
Stress and anxiety can also affect your immune system — leading to frequent infections, coughs, and colds.
Believe it or not, something as simple as doing deep breathing exercises can help improve things like high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, migraine, arthritis and chronic pain, and other health issues.
Learning to relax and use breathing exercises helps to combat the negative impact of emotional stress and helps you fall asleep faster.
While you might think it’s difficult to make time for relaxation, these simple deep breathing exercises can be performed in mere minutes and provide you with an instant calming effect.
The best part: you can do them anywhere — at home, at work, or in the car!
Here are 4 deep breathing exercises to try…
This stimulating breath exercise, also referred to as the Bellows Breath, is very effective. It is a vigorous breathing exercise that can raise energy and alertness — perfect for pulling out of an energy slump.
Here’s what you need to do:
The name of the 4-7-8 breathing exercise refers to how long you inhale, hold the breath, and exhale.
Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.
Ready to try the 478 breathing exercise? Here’s what you do:
This is 1 breath. Inhale again and repeat the cycle 3 more times for a total of 4 breaths.
The aim of this exercise is to balance carbon dioxide levels by breathing out for longer periods.
Practicing the exercise several times a day will also help to encourage calmer breathing habits.
This exercise is most effective when you follow these 3 simple steps:
This deep breathing exercise can also be used in times of stress to bring instant relief from tension and anxiety. To gain maximum benefits, combine the exercise with visualization techniques, such as imagining yourself on a beach, in a park or other safe place.
Getting a good nights sleep is important for you and your continual health. Sleep relaxation exercises help you fall asleep fast.
When you utilize a deep breathing exercise, you are helping to regulate carbon dioxide levels in your body which leads to a deeper sense of relaxation.
Here’s how you should prepare for a great night of sleep:
By slowing down your breathing and increasing the length of your out breath with this deep breathing exercises, your body’s carbon dioxide levels can return to normal and physical tension will be released.
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