1 Apr 2013

How to Use Breathing Techniques to Calm Your Body and Mind

Submitted by Raquel

 

Many people underestimate the importance of properly breathing. Taking the time to slowly inhale and exhale can have a dramatic effect on your emotions and your brain's ability to function. Research has shown that individuals who are prone to anxiety tend to breathe more shallowly. Simply slowing down your breathing can help to reset your brain and calm your body down. Try the following exercises to notice the impact your breathing has on your emotions and body. First take a few quick breaths. How do you feel? Next hold your breath for a few seconds. Do you feel relaxed or anxious? Now breathe in slowly through your nose with your mouth closed and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. You should hear a sighing sound as you exhale. Remember don't hold your breath in between inhalations and exhalations. Just continue to breathe in and out slowly. How do you feel now? How does your body feel?