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3 Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, May 25, 2017

Breathing is the most important function of the human body. It not only keeps us alive; it can also improve our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. People who do breathing exercises regularly find that proper breathing can alleviate stress, anxiety, anger, and even depression. Here are 3 breathing exercises that you can do to get rid of stress for a healthy life:

Natural Breath

This breathing exercise will help you become more aware of your natural breathing pattern.

  • Deep breathing exercises to relieve stressStand or sit straight.
  • Breathe through your nose, if possible.
  • Inhale and fill the lower parts of your lungs.
  • Pay attention to how your chest and ribs expand.
  • Hold your breath for several seconds.
  • Breathe out slowly and relax your abdomen.
  • You will feel more relaxed after you exhale completely.
  • Repeat this exercise at least five times.
  • If you raise your shoulders and collarbone while you are inhaling, you will have a better understanding of your breathing process.

Purifying Breath

This exercise stimulates and tones your breathing process, and cleans your lungs, making you feel more refreshed.

  • Stand or sit straight.
  • Breathe in a full natural breath, as described above.
  • Hold your breath for several seconds.
  • Make a small opening between your lips and blow a little air out.
  • Stop exhaling for a while, and then blow more air out.
  • Repeat this until you have blown all the air out.
  • Practice for a few minutes.

Tap-Away Tension

The tap-way tension exercise will improve oxygen supply and reduce tension.

  • Stand or sit straight.
  • Sigh deeply and make a sound of deep relief as you feel the air rush out of your lungs.
  • Allow air to return slowly and naturally to your lungs.
  • Repeat this eight to twelve times. 

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