Stress and the Necessity of Proper Breathing
We all live in the modern world so any further explanations of its functioning are unnecessary. We all are running most of the time, through our hectic lifestyle and millions of different social obligations. Therefore, we are exposed to stress most of the time. Thus, coping with it needs to be our priority since we can only last for a limited amount of time under stress unless something is done against it.
Numerous researches have found out that stress can be dealt with solely trough the adequate breathing. However, there are researches which have come to conclusions that we barely give our lungs justice since we mostly breathe in too little air too slowly. So, a change needs to be made and we need to learn how to breathe adequately so that we can relax and get all the harmful stress, anxiety and nervousness out of our systems.
The following deep breathing exercises are excellent for these purposes and are highly advised to be practiced since poor breathing may lead to dizziness, asthma, headaches and many other problems which, in the long run, may be more serious than we can possibly imagine. We cannot avoid stress completely. Yet, we can learn how to regulate it and make it harmless.
How to Breathe out Stress
The first breathing exercise you might perform involves you lying on the floor with your legs bent and your feet flat on the ground. Then, while keeping your left hand on your abdomen and your right hand on your chest, start breathing so that you, by using your lower parts of the lungs, cause your stomach to raise your left hand, the right staying unmoved on the chest. Do this for about 12 times before advancing to breathe with your chest as well. Once you start exhaling do it through your mouth as if you were releasing stress. You are to inhale through your nose, however. This can be done many times a day for about 5 minutes.
For muscle relaxation you are to lie on the floor with all of your limbs stretched and wide apart. Then, while breathing deeply, tense your muscles group by group, releasing the tension during exhaling procedure.
Alternatively, as relaxation techniques for anxiety, you can practice lying on your back and you can breathe with your lower abdomen, move on to the middle part of your lungs and then advance to the upper part. Ten seconds of this great relaxation exercise will be enough.
Finally, another great exercise involves sitting with your eyes closed. Then, while deep breathing you are to relax your entire body doing this exercise during two hours after big meals. Note that you may do it on other occasions as well.