Deep breathing is a wonderful tool that you can use to begin undoing everyday stress and to help you to stay calm in stressful situations. Unfortunately, when we are stressed, we tend to breathe more shallowly without even being aware of how little oxygen we are even taking in. But since so many people deal with chronic stress daily, it is safe to say that they are not taking in the amount of oxygen they need to help keep their body healthy. By deep breathing every day, they can expect many health benefits.
Some of the benefits of deep breathing include:
- Increased blood oxygen levels
- Reduced stress
- Increase in mental clarity
- Improves mood through the release of endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemicals
- Stimulates the lymphatic system, which clear out toxins from the body
- Can decrease depression and anxiety
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces pain
- Helps with Insomnia
So as you can see, adding deep breathing to your daily routine, can not only help you to manage stress, but it can help you to experience better overall health.
The major problem that people face when it comes to breathing deeply, is that they are actually breathing incorrectly. Because of the stress and tension of everyday life, most people breathe shallowly, filling only the top portion of the lungs, not filling them fully and completely.
It is important to understand how to breathe correctly in order to experience health benefits from breathing. Breathing incorrectly can actually create more problems as it can make improper breathing even more pronounced. When you breathe properly, the breaths are very relaxed and gentle, never forced.
Here is a video that demonstrates deep breathing
A few minutes of focused, relaxed breathing can help you to get rid of unwanted stress rapidly and to help you to calm down in stressful situations.
One simple exercise that is particularly effective:
1. Inhale for a count of 4 seconds
2. Hold the breath for a count of 4 seconds
3. Exhale slowly for a count of 8 seconds
This simple breathing exercise can help you reduce stress in less than 1 minute guaranteed! Try it today for almost instant stress relief.