Breathing Exercises To Help Relieve Stress And Anxiety

Breathing exercises help a lot in reliving stress believe many experts. many studies have been conducted to prove and support the fact.

Here are a few breathing exercises that help you breath better:

Box breathing:

A simple practice in which you :

Inhale to the count of four, hold your breath for four counts, exhale for four counts, and again hold your breath for four counts.

Continue this rhythmic pattern for a couple of minutes.

Alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana): 

An ancient Indian yogic breathing exercise, which involves:

blocking off one nostril while you breathe through the other one.

4-7-8 breathing exercise (Relaxing Breath): 

This helps soothe and relax your nervous system. If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, a couple of rounds of this exercise should help.

It’s also pretty simple:

inhale for four counts, hold your breath for seven counts, and then slowly exhale for eight counts. When you’re starting out, it’s best to do this seated and with your back straight.

Lion’s breath:

This is a breathing exercise where you stick out your tongue and you roar like a lion.

You take a seat, lift up your palms, and spread your fingers wide. Then, inhale through your nose, open your mouth wide, stick your tongue out, and stretch it down to your chin. Exhale with a force, and make a “ha” sound from deep within your abdomen. Then breathe normally for a few seconds.

Try repeating it seven times.

Pursed-lip breathing:

It essentially forces your body to transition into deep-breathing mode.

First, relax your shoulders and neck muscles. Keep your mouth closed and slowly inhale through your nose for two counts. Then, purse your lips like you’re going to whistle.

Belly breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing: 

Helps you use your diaphragm properly. Unlike the exercises listed above, you should do this one when you’re feeling rested and relaxed. You can do this 5-10 minutes a day, 3-5 times.


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