6 Simple Steps Breathing Exercise To Deal With Stress
Fri, Jan 20, 2017
Throughout our lives, we encounter situations where we find ourselves knee deep in difficulties. Our mind and body can’t react effectively and our ability to function is hampered by the feelings that accompany the situation. Stress is something that every human being has encountered and yet many of us know so little about it. This article will discuss stress, why it hurts and how to deal with it.
What is Stress?
According to the Mayo Clinic, when you encounter a perceived threat, your brain reacts by alarming your nerve and hormonal systems which in turn prompts responses from your adrenal glands. As a result, the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline are released.
Why is Stress Dangerous?
Even when your body encounters minor hassles, it still perceives them as threats and responds in kind. For short burst this fight or flight reaction from your body helps you to perform at maximum efficiency but it does take a lot of of your system and this is why over time stress may cause us to eventually get sick and incur other problems.
With all the problems we have — either we feel stressed out at work, or at the end of a long hard day and we can’t sleep, or if we just want a few minutes to our self — we will find this simple breathing exercise really beneficial.
Breathe in, Breathe out – it calms you down (Steps to relax inside of 2 mins)
Find 5 mins of time away from your co-workers family whatever is stressing you out (maybe go to the bathroom) and do this simple exercise — it works!!!
- You can lie down, sit down or stand up as long as you are comfortable. Breathe in slowly through your nose to the count of four. Breathe very deep until all your body feel expanded.
- Hold on that deep breath for four counts, and then exhale slowly through mouth to a count of eight.
- Repeat the breathing in – right down so your tummy expands. Hold on to it and then exhaling nine more times.
- You can breathe deeper once you get used to the above steps by leave one hand on your stomach and place the other lightly across the chest. Breathe right down so your tummy expands
- When it can’t go any further, breathe in some more and fill the tops of your lungs. Inhalations and exhalation are the same length, eight counts each, without holding in between.
- When you exhales, let the old air out from your chest then from your tummy. So, you are going to be relaxed.