December 04, 2017
Feeling a little stressed from a year of busy-ness? Need a break before the family arrives for the holiday festivities? It might be time to take a moment, and just breathe!!
Your degree of body tension is affected by the way you breathe. When you are under stress, you breathe in a fast and shallow way. You can learn to calm yourself by practising controlled breathing exercises. Controlled breathing increases the oxygen flow to the brain, which increases your capacity to think and concentrate. The following exercises will be useful to you not only in dealing with triggers but in other efforts and in any life circumstance in which you want or need to calm yourself. Two forms of controlled breathing exercises are offered here: abdominal breathing and calm breathing. Try to practice at least one of these techniques regularly. Five minutes a day for two weeks is a good start. Once you’ve become comfortable with the techniques, you can use them to combat stress, anxiety, and other stress symptoms.
Slow inhale.....Pause.....Slow exhale (count 1)
Slow inhale.....Pause.....Slow exhale (count 2)
Slow inhale.....Pause.....Slow exhale (count 3)
and so on up to 10.
I hope you're now feeling a little more relaxed and ready to enjoy the holiday break.
Read more on the different ways to cope with stress and can burnout be prevented or treated?
This is an excerpt from my new book Fresh Start: A Guide To Eliminating Unhealthy Stress.
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