Would you be surprised if someone told you that you were breathing wrong? You might be. Most people take shallow breaths. Anxiety can make your breathing even worse. Count how many breaths you take naturally in one minute. Try this sometime when you’re stressed, and you’ll see that you don’t take quite as many when you’re stressed out. Check out the video above that we found for you online, and you may be surprised just how important proper breathing truly may be!
Our brains need oxygen to work best. Breathing deeply during times of stress doesn’t just help us think better–it also helps us feel better. It may calm our nervous system and help us manage the strong feelings that might arise.
It’s easy to see how breathwork can come in handy when you’re stressed, but it’s better to learn it when you’re calm than to try to do it when you’ve hit your limit. Having a regular breathing routine each day might even help you better manage anxiety.
But don’t let adding one more thing to your day stress you out. Breathwork doesn’t have to take long. You can even do it while you’re driving to work or taking a walk down through a parking lot. Just don’t close your eyes!
You can even do breathwork at bedtime to help you sleep better. If you choose to do it in the morning, it can be a good time to set an intention for your day or to focus on a mantra or affirmation.
There are so many breathing techniques you can use to ease your stress. Perhaps even try each of them, and see which one works best for you. Soon, you’ll be breathing deeper and feeling calmer. Ah! Doesn’t that feel so much better?
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