One of the most important things that you can do for yourself as a favor if you want to live a long and healthy life is to try and steer clear of all forms of stress. There are things that people do so as to try and reduce the amount of stress that they have. They may meditate or take yoga sessions in the mornings or evenings or just get some massage therapy.
There is however one method that is pretty good at relieving stress but is always being overlooked by so many people despite the possibility of being able to be done anywhere and at any time.
Due to the fact that breathing is something that occurs naturally and completely involuntarily, a lot of people disregard it as a stress busting technique. Little do people know that one of the simplest ways to get into a state of relaxation is breathing. It works for everybody anytime and the only requirement is a working pair of lungs.
The whole process of breathing exercises is to make sure that you slowly inhale air down to your diaphragm. As much as you may think that this is straight forward, a lot of practicing is actually necessary before you can be executing it properly unconsciously. It is imperative that you practice these exercises at least once on a daily basis.
Take your left hand and place it on your chest while placing your right hand on your abdomen. You then need to proceed and take a slow deep breath through your nose. The correct way of doing it will require that your right hand, on the abdomen, rises higher than its counterpart on the chest. Make sure to slowly count to seven before you exhale.
Just as you did with inhaling, you will have to count slowly but this time up to eight instead. This is also to make sure that absolutely all the air gets out of your lungs to make way for fresh air.
This breathing cycle has to be done up to a minimum of five times if you want to feel the stress dissipate. To add to the breathing exercise, you will get a better effect if you put in one more practice. When you are inhaling your deep breaths, try to think to yourself a positive word that you would like to come into your life. For example, if your goal is to just relax then try to say to yourself “relaxation” as you inhale deeply. When you are exhaling, say to yourself a negative word that you would like to get out of your life for example “stress:”