6 Simple Breathing Exercise To
Deal With Stress
By Riana Lance
Breathing is something we all do during our life time. We all know we are
going to die if we are not breathing. Breathing is a reflex action done by our
body to provide the flow of oxygen around the body to the vital organs.
Wikipedia, online encyclopedia, describes humans breathe between 12 and 20
times per minute, with children breathing faster than adults.
Babies may breathe as much as 40 times per minute. Adults normally breathe
about 500-700ml of air at a time. An average 14 year old takes around 30,000
breaths per day.
However, we can control our breathing. We can be more relaxed by breathing
in and out so deeply. The more we allow our body to be filled by deep breathing,
the less stress we place on our body and mind.
The more we practice our deep and controlled breathing, the more natural it
becomes and we can call on it at any time of day to help us through those tired
or stressed out moments.
With all the problems we have -- either we feel stressed out at work, or at
the end of a long hard day and we canít sleep, or if we just want a few minutes
to our self -- we will find this simple breathing exercise really beneficial.
Here are some steps to do breathing exercise:
1. You can lie down, sit down or stand up as long as you are comfortable.
Breathe in slowly through your nose to the count of four. Breathe very deep
until all your body feel expanded.
2. Hold on that deep breath for four counts, and then exhale slowly through
mouth to a count of eight.
3. Repeat the breathing in Ė right down so your tummy expands. Hold on to it
and then exhaling nine more times.
4. You can breathe deeper once you get used to the above steps by leave one
hand on your stomach and place the other lightly across the chest. Breathe right
down so your tummy expands
5. When it canít go any further, breathe in some more and fill the tops of
your lungs. Inhalations and exhalation are the same length, eight counts each,
without holding in between.
6. When you exhales, let the old air out from your chest then from your
tummy. So, you are going to be relaxed.
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