Skip Nav
Healthy Recipes
Here's How to Bake the Perfect Egg in an Avocado
Class Fitsugar
Total-Body Super Tabata — Get Ready to Sweat!
Beer
A Calorie Comparison of Your Favorite Beers

Traveling? Leave the Stress at Home

Missed your flight because your dog decided to walk himself? Freaking out because you can only bring 3 oz of contact lens solution on the plane and all they sell are 4 oz travel size bottles? Ahhhhh.

Don't Stress. Breathe. It's out of your control. You can't stop the snow or make your plane land on time. Instead of worrying about making your connecting flight, just close your eyes and try this diaphragmatic breathing exercise that was made for stressful situations.

Simply take 3 slow breaths to calm your body counting slowly in your mind to 3 while inhaling through your nose. Fill up your stomach rather than your chest, allowing you to breathe with your diaphragm, deepening the breaths. Exhale through your mouth on a slow count of 6.

If you want to SEE the rhythm


Inhale........1............2............3

Exhale........1............2............3.............4.............5...........6

Repeat two more times.

Be sure that you pace your breath so that you have some air left by the time you get to 6. If you feel light-headed, just slow it down a bit. Contrary to popular belief, passing out will not help your situation.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
lol @ the picture. that chihuahua is adorable! i hope he doesn't get squished!
Homemade Oil Diffuser
How to Stay Fit While Traveling
Starbucks Medicine Ball Drink
Fit Tip: Don't Hold Your Breath
Pilates Tip: Avoid the Head Rush
Tips For Falling Asleep
Healthy Travel Tips From Celeb Trainer David Kirsch
Breathing Technique Is Important in All Forms of Exercise
Free Printable Health Quiz

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds