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Why the Simple Act of Breathing Helps Fight Stress

Even Time Magazine knows that breathing can help stress. Want to know why? When you exhale your heart rate slows down. OK so when you inhale it speeds back up again, but that is why in various breathing and stress management techniques you let the air out of your lungs slowly.

Stress can whack out your immune system and age you prematurely. So it is important to figure out how to deal with it. Slowing your heart rate down helps to calm you down. So remember to breathe. Air is free so why not take advantage of it.

Take a moment to practice, right now. Inhale a generous amount of air and slowly release it for 8 counts. Repeat as needed.

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mschmidt mschmidt 9 years
Another great one is to inhale for four counts, hold for seven, and exhale for eight, open mouth as if you are blowing air into a baloon. Repeat at least four times. It is a great way to send calming messages to the nervous system. If you don't like holding your breath, just pause and then slowly exhale.
karebear karebear 9 years
It sounds ridiculous, but I always have that moment, when I'm stressed out, when I realize I've been holding my breath. It's so easy to forget
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Since I can never find time to meditate, I always at least try to practice deep breathing when I'm driving (again - 2 hrs a day I'm in my car!) and waiting for stuff. Also, I try to make it my first response when I get mad (I have a horrible temper). I try to just breathe and not react...try.
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