Quick Way to Destress and Relax
There are several ways that you can find to reduce stress. Sometimes going out with friends, exercising, baking, and drawing etc can be great ways to relax. Yet, there are times or moments where none of these options are available to you for example when you are at work or you have to stay home and watch the kids. So what do you do? The answer is pretty simple…you breathe. I have written about it before but it really does have its benefits. When we are stressed or tense we tend to take shallow breathes from our upper chest or we even hold our breath which is worse. This is actually bad for you and can increase your anxiety. So what we need to do is take a few moments or minutes to breathe properly. By practicing relaxation breathing it can help relieve tension and increase the oxygen levels in your blood. What this can do is boost your energy and it can actually sharpen your thinking! So how do you do this?
Relaxation breathing is easy to do once you get used to it. Begin by sitting or laying down in a comfortable position. Until you get used to breathing with your abdominal muscles I want you place your hand on your stomach. Slowly breathe in as deep as you can, you will notice your stomach pushing out. Again, make sure that you take a deep breath. Slowly count to 4. Hold your breath for 3 seconds. Now release your breath slowly pulling your abdominal muscles back in. Fully release your breath. Your exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation. Repeat these for a few minutes or for as long as you feel you need. It might feel silly at first but after a few times doing this you will find that it is really enjoyable. And the best part is that you will be able to do this anywhere that you are. I recommend doing this in the mornings before you start your day and basically any time that you feel you are beginning to feel overwhelmed.
~ Clear your mind, relax, and just breathe~
Posted on January 16, 2014, in A Little Zen, Fitness and tagged breathing exercises, breathing technique, Health, healthy, healthy mind, how to destress, my zen, relaxation, remove stress, Stress management, zen. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.