Feeling a little stressed?
I’d like to teach you a way to use your breath to help you feel less anxious.
What’s great about this breathing exercise is it doesn’t require any special setup. You can be in your car, at your desk, or lying in bed and perform this breathing exercise. It is location agnostic.
Even better, it’s a tool so special that you can never forget where you left it. Meaning, you can’t lose it under a pile of clothes on the floor and it can’t get buried in a closet gathering dust. You take your breath with you wherever you go.
On a typical day the average human breathes between 17,280 and 23,040 times, says the EPA. They are shallow breaths. Mostly performed unconsciously.
That’s not what we are going for here.
We want deep breaths.
Think about when you go to the doctor and they place a stethoscope on your chest and ask you to take a deep breath in.
Think about when you were a kid standing at the end of the pool, about to dive in as you attempt to swim the entire lap underwater. The first thing you did before you jumped was take in a deep, belly-filling breath of air.
That’s what we’re going for!
DEEP BREATHING EXERCISE
- Find a comfortable position. This could mean lying down on your bed or sitting upright in a chair.
- Breathe in through your nose. Fill your belly with air. Place your hand on your belly to feel it rise, if that helps.
- Breathe out through your mouth.
- Take two more deep breaths (for a total of 3 deep breaths). Continue to pay attention to the power of your breath as you feel your hand moving with each inhale and exhale.
How do you feel? A little less stressed? A bit more energized?
Now you are empowered, no matter where you are, to give yourself some immediate stress relief.
If you found this deep breathing exercise helpful and know someone who could benefit by learning about it, I encourage you to share this information with them. I know I often find that the more relaxed the people around me are, the easier it is for me to find a sense of calm as well.