Try This Simple Free Method to Help Relax

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Using breathing exercises is a great way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress. (Image: Sony Akbar Wibowo via Dreamstime)

When you are relaxed, have you ever noticed your breathing? It is slow, gentle, and usually you don’t notice that you are breathing. Breathing exercises are a great, quick way to help relax, and that’s because when you slow your breathing, you help relax your whole body.

Take time to notice how you feel next time you are relaxed, how your body feels. You could even take notice of how you’re breathing is when you first wake up, or when you are just about to fall asleep.

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3 yoga breathing exercises for anxiety:

Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in your 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 to help relax it.

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, WebMD wrote on its web page.

Breathing exercises to help relax

There are scientific studies that have shown controlling your breathing can help you manage stress, as well as stress-related conditions. Breath control is used in yoga, tai chi, and some meditation practices.

“Breathing is an automatic function of the body that is controlled by the respiratory center in the brain. When you feel stressed, your breathing rate and pattern change as part of the ‘fight-or-flight response.’ Fortunately, you also have the power to deliberately change your own breathing,” wrote Better Health.

The science of yogic breathing by Sundar Balasubramanian, TEDxCharleston:

The way you breathe affects your whole body.

Using breathing exercises is a great way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress. The exercises are really easy to learn, and you can do them whenever and wherever you want.

There are no special tools or equipment to do these exercises, and there are a few different exercises so that you can choose which one best suits you.

So remember, if you ever feel yourself getting stressed or anxious, just take a few slow, deep breaths, and you will feel instantly refreshed.

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