Correct breathing can make a huge difference to how you feel. It is difficult to feel upset or angry when you are breathing slowly, deeply and quietly. It is also a great way to help you sleep.
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Try this most basic breathing exercise right now…
Take one deep breath, and slowly breathe out. That’s it!
Do you feel more alert and energized now? Lack of oxygen in the blood can make you feel tired, and can cause headaches.
A few deep breaths lowers anxiety, ease mild indigestion, and help you wake up and go to sleep.
Meditation, which is similar to hypnosis, is also very effective at reducing stress. Try these simple breathing exercises daily, or at least when you are feeling stressed and need some time out…
Get yourself comfortable, you can lie or sit. Make sure you won’t be disturbed for about half an hour. Subdue the lighting. Close your eyes if it helps, or better still keep them half open.
Breath as naturally as you can, and count each out breath up to ten. When at ten, start back at one again. Repeat this for about 20 minutes. Notice how your breath is warmer when exhaled. Listen to the sound of the breathing through your body. Enjoy!
When you are relaxed and comfortable, repeat to yourself a keyword such as “relax”. After a minute or two, tell yourself that whenever you say your keyword, no matter where you are or what you are doing, you will return to this state of relaxation.
Try this in various different situations in your day to day life, you will be amazed at the results!
The Alternative Nostril Breath
Sit or lie in a comfortable position. Breathe in through the left nostril (you may need to use a finger to keep your right nostril closed), and hold for a relaxed ten count. Now exhale gently out of the right nostril.
Repeat this breathing in through your right nostril with your and exhaling out of the left. The whole process should be repeated about 5 times
This is great for energizing and relaxing, and clearing your sinuses.
Focussed breathing is probably the best way to fight stress and keep your mind peaceful and relaxed. If you want some guided meditation for breathing, check this out…