If you look for ways on google to de-stress. Chances are you’ll run into breathing exercises.
Truth be told there are many different breathing exercises that you can do.
There are so many that it can be hard to figure out which one to choose.
I’ve tried box breathing, the Wim Hof Method and others but here’s the easiest method that I find works best.
Breathe In Slowly And Deeply Through Your Nose And Exhale Through Your Mouth
I’ve found that this simple exercise can help massively with stress for a couple of different reasons.
1. It’s easy and it’s the normal way to breathe ( Nose breathing has been shown to be more healthy than mouth breathing).
2. Slow, deep, breathing stimulates your vagus nerve which has been shown to reduce anxiety and activates your parasympathetic nervous system ( The nervous system associated with relaxation and sleep as opposed to the flight or flight response which is called the sympathetic nervous system which is normally activated when you”re stressed).
How To Reap The Benefits Of This Breathing Exercise
Do this breathing exercise 1-2 times per day, for 10 minutes each time. The benefits are very similar to meditation ( This breathing exercise is a very basic form of meditation). And if you consistently make time for this breathing exercise you’ll feel a sense of calm, peace and relaxation.
Make sure to take deep but comfortable breaths. Make sure to focus on your breath throughout the exercise and if your mind starts to wander focus back on your breath.