Breathing Stress Techniques Video

Learn some deep belly breathing techniques to help you relax
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Breathing for stress relief Taking a deep breath is one of the easiest ways to relax. You can do it any time, anywhere. Unfortunately, most of us are so stressed out all the time that we don't breathe correctly. We take shallow breaths from our chest and this can contribute to stress and anxiety. But deep belly breathing can help you to relax and it has even been showing to lower blood pressure. To get started, sit all the way back in a chair, sitting up nice and tall with your feet flat on the floor and place one hand on your abdomen. Now, inhale through your nose and letting that abdomen extend, feeling it up with air, and then exhale, contracting the abdomen and pressing that air out. Inhale feeling the belly with air letting it expand and exhale, contracting it, letting all the air go out. Let's pull that down a little bit, inhale one, two, three, four; exhale one, two, three, four. Good, keep doing that, inhale to a count of four and then exhale to a count of four. You can close your eyes that will help you relax a little bit. Some people even find that it's helpful to focus on a word like calm or peace on each inhalation and exhalation. Keep going. Do two minutes of belly breathing, anytime life gets a little crazy, and you'll feel calmer and more in control.

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