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3 Breathing Techniques for Relaxation

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3 Breathing Techniques for Relaxation

Need a little relaxation in your day? Try some of these simple breathing techniques!

Whether it’s about work, money, relationships, or something else entirely, we all get stressed out sometimes. Not only is being stressed out totally un-fun, it’s bad for our bodies. When you’re stressed, your body releases stress hormones linked to health problems from insomnia and memory problems to obesity and heart disease.

We also tend to make bad choices when we’re stressed. When your body is in that “fight or flight” mode, we tend to either withdraw or lash out, and neither of these is healthy for our bodies or our relationships. Some people deal with stress by checking out: watching too much TV, eating junk food, smoking, or drinking. Others cope by becoming more on-edge. You might snap at your partner or fire off an angry email to a coworker without thinking about the consequences. For many people, we choose a little from column A and a little from column B. These unhealthy responses can compound our stresses, too.

Related Reading: Yoga Poses for Relaxation

You’ve probably heard the old “count to 10″ adage when it comes to stress, and this really isn’t that far off. Taking even a few minutes to step back and care for yourself can help you deal with stress in a more healthy way. Next time you feel yourself getting stressed out, get proactive! Remove yourself from the stressful situation as soon as you can – even if that means just excusing yourself to the restroom. Give your body and your brain some time to regroup, and try some of the breathing techniques on the next few pages to help calm you down naturally.

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Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Relaxing Music

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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12:51AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Great article. I will try these 3 exercises and add them to mine.

5:13AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Another relaxation technique worth noting is ASMR. http://www.asmrstudio.com

7:10AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Great. Thanks!

1:03AM PDT on May 9, 2013

It's important to make sure you are breathing with your diaphragm, and not your chest muscles. People that suck in their bellies often use chest muscles to breathe, and as such, they don't get enough air...not to mention the stress on the chest muscles which can become dysfunctional later. The air should cause your belly to expand. Not only are you then getting full capacity, you are also helping bodily functions such as peristalsis of the intestines.

3:41AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

The Action of a finger shows in the video for taking a breath is wrong.. Please refer the books and act accordingly before you le others to the wrong direction...


The Art of Yoga Breathing

When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions. One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing Exercise which promotes proper breathing. In a Yogic point of view, proper breathing is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control Prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama Yoga also goes hand in hand with the Asanas. The union of these two Yogic Principles is considered as the highest form of purification and self-discipline, covering both mind and body.
http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/pranayama/


3:21AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

It's not possible to learn just through reading the article.. show the video for proper way of breathing

11:16PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

I have been reading books on breathing and health. So important to breathe properly and to take deep breathes.
Thank you.

6:34AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing :)

6:33AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing :)

5:17AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thanks

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