Breathe Better, Live Better
Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let it out slowly. Feel better?
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Posted by Jill Puleo
Last updated 18 days ago

Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let it out slowly. Feel better? It’s not your imagination! When stress is unavoidable, deep breathing is a surefire way to stop the feeling of pressure immediately. Reversing the “fight or flight” response in the body, it calms down body and mind in an instant. 


Are you telling me I need breathing lessons? 

Breathing may be an involuntary action, but deep breathing for stress relief actually requires a bit of practice. The next time you feel the pressure rising, find yourself a quiet space, loosen up any binding clothing, and get comfortable. 


How you can do it: 
  1. Close your eyes and think about relaxing your face. You may find that lying on your back makes this easier.
  2. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest.
  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Feel your belly, then your chest fill with air. Pause briefly.
  4. Breathe out through your mouth, feeling your chest, then your belly lower. Pause briefly again.
  5. Repeat for three more breaths. 

As you get better at this, you can experiment
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