Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
Have you ever noticed how you breathe when you feel relaxed? The next time you are relaxed, take a moment to notice how your body feels. Or think about how you breathe when you first wake up in the morning or just before you fall asleep. Breathing exercises can help you relax, because they make your body feel like it does when you are already relaxed.
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.
- The way you breathe affects your whole body. Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress.
- Breathing exercises are easy to learn. You can do them whenever you want, and you don't need any special tools or equipment to do them.
- You can do different exercises to see which work best for you.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 15, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven Locke, MD - Psychiatry