Benefits of Deep Breathing
"Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange — that is, the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide." Deep breathing can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure.
First Steps: Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down. First, take a normal breath. Then try a deep breath: Breathe in slowly through your nose, allowing your chest and lower belly to rise as you fill your lungs. Let your abdomen expand fully. Now breathe out slowly through your mouth (or your nose).
Breath, Focus, and Practice: Once you've taken the steps above, you can move on to regular practice of controlled breathing. As you sit comfortably with your eyes closed, blend deep breathing with helpful imagery and perhaps a focus word that helps you relax.
Create a Routine: Choose quite place where you can sit/lie comfortably. The key to relaxation is to shift your focus from your stress pain points to a calmer rhythm. Having this new focal point is essential. Try to practice for 10-20 minutes, at least once a day, at the same time establishing a habit. You deserve it and it's good.
Relaxation Quick Study from WebMD:
- 'Breathe Deep'ly (remember the album by the Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed - Play it again from beginning-to-end.
- Be Present (slow down)
- Reach Out (connect with a loved one or network with a fresh new face)
- Turn In to Your Body (mentally scan yourself. Where does it hurt?)