How are you breathing right now? Pause and focus on your breath. If it’s short and shallow, then slow it down — breathe through your nose and deep into your torso.
The diaphragm is your primary breathing muscle. Diaphragmatic breathing helps you relax, decreasing your heart rate and blood pressure, while improving your core stability. Lie on the floor with your hands on your stomach and breathe into your hands for a count of five. Then breathe out through the nose for five.
If in doubt, breathe it out
This powerful, stress-busting breath activates your parasympathetic or ‘rest-digest’ response, lowering your heart rate and slowing down your racing thoughts. Simply breathe out for twice as long as you breathe in. Try breathing in for four, holding for four, and breathing out for eight.
Find your flow
Box breathing balances the autonomic nervous system. It can lower your blood pressure, calm you down, lift your mood and leave you motivated and alert. Breathe in for four, hold for four, breathe out for four, hold for four. Repeat.
This is a super-effective way to restore balance, relax your mind and body, and bring you into alignment. Breathe in through your left nostril for four, then out through your right for four, then in through your right for four, then out through your left for four. Repeat.
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