Have you ever noticed how you breathe when you feel relaxed? Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Let’s take a look at a few deep breathing techniques that will ease stress and calm anxiety.
If you feel breathless due to anxiety, there are deep breathing techniques you can try to alleviate symptoms and start feeling better. Let’s look at several you can do at any point during your day or build into longer moments for yourself.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
To try alternate nostril breathing, sit down in a comfortable place, lengthening your spine and opening your chest. Rest your left hand in your lap and raise your right hand. Then, rest the pointer and middle fingers of your right hand on your forehead, in between the eyebrows. Close your eyes, inhaling and exhaling through your nose. To watch it in practice, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqsxNMoLYKY.
Modified Lion’s Breath
As you do this exercise, imagine that you’re a lion. Let all of your breath out with a big, open mouth. Sit comfortably on the floor or on a chair. Breathe in through your nose and fill your belly all the way full of air. When you can’t breathe in anymore, open your mouth wide as you can and breathe out with a “HA” sound. A few more roars and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
This is a great way to tap into the rhythm of your breathing. Feel free to practice this one in any position, but lying down on your back is a good way to become more familiar with this technique. Place your left hand on your belly and your right hand on your chest. Breathe in through your nose so that your left (belly) hand goes up when you inhale and your right (chest) hand stays still. Breathe out through your mouth. Do this eight to 10 times. Be aware of the movement of your belly hand and chest hand alternating like rolling waves as you feel a sense of calm.
Did these deep breathing techniques help you? Was there a technique that you love to utilize?
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