FIVE DEEP BREATHS
The first thing we are told to do when we are overwhelmed, in pain, or anxious is to "Take a deep breath". Deep breathing increases oxygen levels in the brain and helps direct our focus away from our worries. Systemically, diaphragmatic breathing helps to stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system which is our body's internal reminder to chill, rest, unwind, and digest. Below are some breathing exercises to practice; but remember, like any type of exercise, you need to PRACTICE! In the beginning, you won't be great at it, you will tire easily, and you might even find it uncomfortable. Try this exercise several times a day especially during moments of discomfort or stress.
Steps for Diaphragmatic Breathing:
- Find a comfortable resting place to take a 5 minute breathing session.
- Place one hand on your chest and the other hand on your belly.
- Begin by breathing slowly in thought the nose. Draw your breath down deep into your belly. Sometimes it helps to Imagine you are blowing up a balloon with your belly button.
- Take note that the hand on your chest should be still.
- The hand on your belly should rise on inhale as your diaphragm contracts and presses down.
- As you exhale, your belly will fall as the diaphragm relaxes and rises.
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