Experiencing stress is a normal response to being able to healthily deal with situations on a daily basis. This healthy stress is known as eustress, an example of it could be completing your work before the deadline to watch a movie. Oftentimes what we experience is called distress, which impacts both our mental and physical state of being. One of the most suggested ways of dealing with such stress is trying out breathing exercises.
For this purpose, try these two breathing techniques to better deal with stress:
- Morning breathing: This is a preventative exercise to reduce the amount of stressful experiences in one’s life. It is to be practiced as the very first thing in the morning to relieve your muscles and clear breathing passages, in order to begin your day while feeling better. To learn this, follow the steps below:
- Stand and bend forward a little so that your arms get closer to the ground.
- Slowly inhale and move back to the standing position.
- Hold your breath for only a few seconds in this position.
- Slowly exhale and get back to the bending position.
- Repeat this for a couple of times.
- Diaphragmatic/belly breathing: This exercise is helpful when you don’t want to move much and just want to relax yourself while lying down on your bed or sofa. To do this:
- Start with getting into a comfortable seated or lying down position.
- Then place one hand on your chest and another hand on your stomach.
- Now, slowly breathe through your nose while actively expanding your stomach upward, pushing upward on your hand while keeping your chest still.
- Exhale with your mouth and let all the air out of your stomach.
- Repeat up to 10 times.
Challenge: Try either or both of the techniques mentioned above and write how you felt in the comment section.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
– Oprah Winfrey