Stop Stress with Breathing Exercises

October 3, 2013 Posted by mvais@sapient.com October 3, 2013 CategoryWellness

Simple_100313When you’re feeling stressed out, the oldest advise in the book is to take a deep breath, and it turns out this is one old wives’ tale that is right on point.

 

Doing breathing exercises for a few minutes a day can have a big impact on your stress levels and well-being.

 

It sounds pretty easy but most of us don’t breathe “right.” Many people take shallow breaths, and this has a big effect on your stress levels. The deeper your breaths, the more oxygen your brain gets. This helps you think more clearly, according to Web MD.

 

Stress can make your skin more permeable and reactive, according to Simple Advisory Board wellness expert and psychiatrist Dr. Josie Howard. That’s why you might notice sensitivity or breakouts when you’re feeling overwhelmed. On the other hand, when you’re relaxed and happy, your skin usually looks healthier.

 

Wellness is an investment you make with time, and we love the fact that breathing exercises only require about 5 minutes.

 

Try to find a quiet, private space and sit down. Practice deep inhalations, breathing deeper and deeper with each breath.

 

To focus more on relaxation, count the seconds you take with each breath. This will help you keep track of how deeply you’re breathing and focus your attention away from any stressful thoughts.

 

According to Web MD, the deeper your breaths the more relaxed you will become. This happens because deep breaths literally tell your brain to relax.

 

So take a few minutes, take a few deep breaths and enjoy the benefits!

 

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