Have you ever paid attention to the way you breathe when you feel relaxed? The next time you’re in this condition, take a minute to notice how you breath. Your breathing pattern is different than when you are anxious or stressed. Deep breathing exercises can help you feel calm and relaxed, and can lower stress in your body. When you breathe deeply, you are sending signals to your brain to calm down, and your brain, in turn, sends this message to the rest of your body.
Take a moment and find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted to practice some deep breathing exercises:
1. Sit or stand with good posture, or lie flat on the floor with your hand on your belly.
2. Inhale through your nose for four seconds and let your belly push your hand out.
3. Hold for four seconds.
4. Exhale through pursed lips for four seconds and feel the hand on your belly go in.
5. Hold for four seconds.
6. Repeat this cycle three to 10 times.