How to Breathe to Reduce Stress

23 Apr

Deep breathing, which uses the diaphragm rather than chest muscles, pulls oxygen in more effectively than shallower breathing.

To practice it, sit straight in a comfortable chair with feet flat on the floor or lie down flat…close your eyes, and place one hand on your stomach…breathe deeply through your nose, into the back of your throat and down to your belly, letting your chest expand…let your abdomen slowly deflate as you breathe out…repeat several times, increasing the amount of time for inhalation and exhalation…direct your breath into your upper back, letting your ribs spread and relax with each breath in and out…don’t force it, let your breath flow naturally.

Source: Bottom Line Personal April 2018 Health Letter. Mayo Clinic.com.

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