Calm breathing is a technique that helps you slow down your breathing when feeling stressed or anxious. Too much stress can make our journey through life difficult.
Without stress management, all too often your body is always on high alert. Over time, high levels of stress lead to serious health problems.
Don’t wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing this stress management technique today.
FEELING STRESSED? USE THIS CALM BREATHING TECHNIQUE
Calm breathing is a great portable tool that you can use whenever you are feeling anxious. However, it does require some practice. The breathing exercise will only take a few minutes of your time.
Calm breathing involves taking smooth, slow, and regular breaths. Sitting upright is usually better than lying down or slouching, because it can increase the capacity of your lungs to fill with air.
It is best to ‘take the weight’ off your shoulders by supporting your arms on the side-arms of a chair, or on your lap.
“Six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure” – says Dr. Alison McConnell, a breathing expert. “Keep at it for six to eight weeks, and those benefits might stick around even longer”.
These cycles regulate the amount of oxygen you take in so that you do not experience the fainting, tingling, and giddy sensations that are sometimes associated with overbreathing.
When it works best: Before an exam or any stressful event. But keep in mind, “Those who operate in a stressed state all the time might be a little shocked how hard it is to control the breath,” To help train the breath, consider biofeedback tools such as McConnell’s Breathe Strong app, which can help users pace their breathing wherever they are (greatist.com).
You do not need to be feeling anxious to practice – in fact, at first you should practice while feeling relatively calm. You need to be comfortable breathing this way when feeling calm, before you can feel comfortable doing it when anxious.