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 one proven to work technique that everybody can do at any time but not many take advantage of.
The main reason that breathing as a method of reducing stress is not given too much credit is due to the fact that it occurs involuntarily. This does not however, mean that it cannot be used effectively to get rid of stress. The best thing about this method is that you can carry it out anywhere you are and at any given time you want; all you need is your lungs.
The main idea is to breathe slowly and deep to the diaphragm. The difference with this breathing is that it has to be controlled. Practicing once a day for a while will have you doing it unconsciously in a few weeks.
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.
When it comes to exhaling, it has to be very slowly through the mouth while you are contracting your abs at the same time. This is to make sure that all the air is expelled from your lungs. Then count this time while exhaling will have to be one second longer than the seven for inhaling so that you can push out all the spent 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:”
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