Deep Breathing - A Stress Reliever

When you are under stress, your body's natural coping mechanism will take over to meet the increased demands of your body. Under such situations, the main coronary artery will be devoid of enough oxygen due to reduced blood flow. Your heart muscles will start aching for oxygen and you will start feeling a chest pain.

During stress, Your breathing will become shorter, which will result in lesser intake of air. The amount of oxygen circulated into your body system will also take a beating resulting in all your muscles aching for oxygen. When normalcy is robbed of your body and mind, you will not be in a position to meet the tasks or in a position to give out your best to meet the situation.

A simplest yet more effective method to get an immediate relief is deep breathing exercise. You can do this anytime, any number of times and anywhere. You can do it when you are travelling, when you are waiting in a que or when you are walking.

First take a deep breath, from the depth of your stomach. Make slow inhalation through your nose. As you inhale, feel the energy coming in your body and revitalising you. Now you can start breathing out. You have to breathe out gently through your mouth letting out the air with a light sound, say like 'whoosh'. Continue to take the deep and slow breath and in the process you will be raising and lowering your abdomen. Continue deep breathing for 5 to 10 minutes at a time, twice or three times day and four to five days in week. You can extend the time for about 20 minutes.

The deep breathing has also got an another beneficial aspect with regard to your lungs. Through deep breathing, you inhale more air and this will try to fill all your air sacs in your lungs, which is otherwise not filled to its fullest capacity under normal breathing. With more air in your air sacs, more oxygen will be absorbed by your lungs and circulated in your blood. As your blood will be carrying more oxygen now, this will rejuvenate all your muscles and your body parts.

You should do deep breathing consciously. As you breathe in, feel the calmness entering into your body and spreading through out your body. As you breathe out, feel your worries flowing out and feel your body relaxing moment by moment.

At the end of this breathing exercise, you can analyse the situation before and after. You can really feel relaxed after the breathing exercise as the exercise increases the blood flow and calms down the anxiety. This exercise will help in reducing the anxiety, depression, irritability, muscle tension and fatigue.

The breathing exercise can be learnt with ease and you can feel the result immediately. You will know the real true effect once you practice breathing exercise for months in a persistent manner.


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