Many people do not think about breathing much throughout the day, the week, or the year. Although it is not often thought of, breathing is necessary for survival and is an essential part of our existence. However, breathing can also be used as a tool to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. That’s right; many breathing exercises can be used to benefit mental and physical health!
It is vital to start with belly breathing or the abdominal breathing technique to effectively begin learning these breathing exercises.
Abdominal Breathing Technique
The abdominal breathing technique is the basis of all breathing exercises. To begin, sit down in a comfortable position, putting one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, and take a deep breath in through the nose. Make sure the diaphragm inflates fully to create a slight stretch in the lungs. The breath should push the hand on the stomach out, while the other hand on the chest does not move.
Try getting six to ten slow, deep breaths per minute for approximately ten minutes every day. There may be immediate benefits such as reduction in heart rate and blood pressure, and after six to eight weeks of regular practice, the advantages may become even more apparent.
The abdominal breathing technique works best before any event with the potential to cause stress. Now that you know how to complete the abdominal breathing technique, keep reading to learn many other breathing techniques that will help relieve stress.