“Just relax and take a deep breath!”
You've probably heard it countless times, but did you know there's solid science backing this timeless advice? Deep breathing, or diaphragmatic/belly breathing, stands as the simplest stress-busting technique.
Ever watched babies breathe? Their tummies rise and fall as they inhale and exhale. As we grow, societal norms often lead us to breathe shallowly, but our innate mode is belly-centric, especially when we're asleep.
Diaphragmatic breathing emphasizes belly movement with every breath – expanding on inhalation and contracting on exhalation. When consciously practiced, it soothes breathing, fostering relaxation and reducing stress.
Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing.
- Lowers heart rate and blood pressure.
- Reduces muscle tension.
- Increases blood oxygenation.
- Warms hands and feet.
- Boosts energy and motivation
- Improves concentration.
- Strengthens immunity.
- Reduces stress hormones.
- Triggers relaxation response
As you learn to do it, it is common to feel uneasy or lightheaded. If so, adjust breathing as needed. Afterwards, take a moment before standing up to reorient yourself.
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