Breathe your way into relaxation with these quick, easy exercises.
Stress has a way of getting to us, whether we are at work, driving or even in bed, but have you ever noticed how relaxing it is to take a deep breath?
Taking several deep breaths instantly lowers stress in the body – your brain interprets it as a signal to calm down — and it’s easy to complete a quick breathing exercise any where you are.
Try these five deep breathing exercises to help reduce tension and stress, and keep you calm:
- Inhale in, exhale out
Breathe in through your nose for four to five seconds and then exhale fully. This helps calm your nerves and reduces tension.
- Slow, deep breaths
Take in a deep, long breath through your nose. Repeat this several times. Tip: If you do this exercise for 5 to10 minutes each day, you can reduce your blood pressure!
- Work your muscles
Close your eyes and start tensing your toes for a few seconds. Then, relax the muscles. Move onto your thighs, then your chest, arms and hands, neck and jaw. Take slow, deep breaths throughout the exercises.
- Visualize serenity
Breathe deeply and “think positive.” Visualize things, people and places you enjoy and stop your mind from wandering to your to-do list or stressful thoughts. This exercise helps put you in a positive mind frame.
- Power breathing
Take in a long, slow breath and use your stomach to help you quickly exhale through your nose. Repeat this several times every one to two seconds.