Deep breathing is one of the easiest forms of relaxation you can practice and use on your own. It’s a great way to start and end the day. Your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and make you feel less anxious. With practice, you can call upon this skill any time you start to feel stressed.
Here are the basic steps for deep breathing:
Lie down or sit comfortably with your feet on the floor and your hands in your lap.
Close your eyes.
Picture a peaceful scene in your mind.
Place your hand on your stomach and take a deep breath. It should push out the hand on your stomach. Let your breath out slowly and feel your belly move in again. This is called abdominal breathing.
Focus on breathing slowly and deeply using abdominal breathing.
Stay focused on that relaxed, deep breathing for 5-10 minutes.
Benefits of Deep Breathing are:
Lowers blood pressure
Decreases stress, Increases calm
Stimulates the lymphatic system
Supports correct posture