Breathing and Relaxing
For almost anyone in life, it is common to run into stress. Even those who live highly creative, stylish, and free lives will feel stressed. Do you think that millionaires and super-athletes do not feel stress? We all do. However, the secret to overcoming stress stems from having little coping mechanisms.
When you spot your inner stress building, turning to something as simple as breathing techniques can be enough. This stops the stress from spiking, which makes it much more likely that you can overcome that stress overload. If you do this on a regular basis, you are almost certain to start feeling better personally.
Learning how to take deep, serious breaths can be a great way to help calm down stress without allowing it to build needlessly.
Deep breathing is both calming and energizing. The energy you feel from a few minutes of careful breathe is not nervous or hyper, but that calm, steady energy we all need. Slow, steady, and quiet breathing gives a message to your nervous system: Be calm. Relax. Stop thinking so emotionally.
If you want to make sure you can use breathing to your advantage, here is a simple 5-minute session that you can follow.
The 5 Minute Breathing Exercise You Must Try
To start off with, then, you should try and use the following breathing technique to your advantage:
- Sit with your spine as straight as possible. Use a chair if necessary(a straight-backed one), but don’t slump into it. Keep your feet flat on the floor, with your knees directly over the center of your feet. Use a book or cushion under your feet if they do not rest comfortably on the floor. Lastly, make sure that your hands are on the tops of your legs.
- Close your eyes gently and let them rest behind closed lids. This might take a moment or two to adjust, but focus on allowing your eyes to rest as opposed to trying to hold them shut with any kind of meaningful force.
- Pay attention to the way that your body is sitting now – you should be entirely straight, upright. Think about your ribs, at the front, back, and at the sides of your body. Your lungs are behind those ribs. Therefore, you want to sit in a way that gives your lungs the best chance of inhaling and exhaling with total comfort.
- Feel your lungs filling up, your ribs expanding out and up. Feel your lungs emptying, your ribs coming back down and in. Don’t push the breath. Simply allow this to happen naturally, avoiding excessive patterns or forcing anything.
- The first few times you do this, do it for 2 to 3 minutes, then do it for up to 5 to 10 minutes. At first, set aside a time at least once a day to do this. When you learn how good it makes you feel, you’ll want to do it at other times as well. Make it a habit, and try it out to see how long you can last.
Just as one stressful situation goes into your next challenge, relaxing for a few minutes every day gradually carries over into the rest of your daily life and activities. This simply activity can help you to stay more focused, manage your stress levels, and make sure that you can stay focused. If something is stressing you out in life, try out this technique and see how it makes you feel. For many, it is the ideal trick to help them avoid excessive stress from building-up!