Just Breathe

One of the best ways to manage stress is by practicing certain breath techniques.

It is not at all complicated to start, it is completely free to do, and it can be practiced for as little as 3 minutes a day. Sure, we breathe every day automatically. But conscious, controlled breathing is a bit different – and can have profound effects on your mental and physical health.

Some of the documented benefits of breathing:

  • Reduced stress
  • Better digestion
  • Improved sleep
  • Balanced mood and energy
  • Increased mental focus

A simple way to start:

  1. Find a comfortable seat. It can be on the floor or on a chair or laying down (as long as you won’t fall asleep).
  2. Close your eyes with your chin parallel to the floor, face and shoulders relaxed.
  3. Breathe only through your nose.
  4. You will then INHALE through the nose counting to 4 in your mind.
  5. And then EXHALE through the nose counting to 4 in your mind.
  6. Repeat the INHALE 1-2-3-4 and EXHALE 4-3-2-1 for 10 rounds.
  7. At the end of 10 rounds take a break and allow your breath to come back to neutral with no counting.
  8. If you have the time repeat for 2 more rounds of 10.

There are hundreds of different breath techniques but this is a simple one that can be practiced daily or whenever you need to de-stress.

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