Anxiety and stress can quickly affect how you feel physically. Known as your stress response, and fight-or-flight response, the physical parameters of stress can be quite impactful. Some of the physiological changes you might experience include:
When faced with stressful situations, the stress response also causes you to take shorter and more shallow breaths. Fortunately, there’s a stress management tool that’s easy, effective, and completely free: breathing exercises.
Breathing deeply halts the stress response and can even lessen the impacts of chronic stress.
Here are some simple breathing exercises you can do anywhere, anytime. Once you start performing these exercises regularly, you’ll notice a drastic change in how well you manage life’s most stressful moments.
If you’ve never tried breathing exercises before, start with belly breathing. This technique is easy to do, too:
This breathing exercise is best done in private, unless you’re comfortable connecting with your inner lion or lioness in public:
Note that you don’t really need to “roar” loudly for this breathing exercise. But, if doing so will help relieve stress, don’t be afraid to get loud.
This breathing exercise helps release tension in your muscles. It’s a great tool to help you relax both physically and mentally:
Each exercise on this list is easy to do, and you could even head outside for some fresh Grand Valley air while doing them. After all, combining time outside with stress-reducing breathing exercises is a wonderful way to take care of your mind and body.
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