If you’ve been feeling stressed lately and are looking for a simple way to relax, give controlled breathing a try! Breathing deeply and deliberately has a positive effect on mood and can effectively relieve stress by putting your body in a relaxed state. Our orthodontist in Orangeburg explains more below.
Why Deep Breathing?
When you breathe deeply, your brain gets a message to calm down and relax your body. Any existing anxiety symptoms, like fast heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure decrease as you breathe deeply. Breathing exercises are easy to learn, and you can do them whenever you want, wherever you want!
How To Do Breathing Exercises
There are many options to choose from when you start doing breathing exercises. However, it’s good to begin with belly breathing if you’ve never tried it before. Belly breathing is easy to do:
- Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
- Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
- Breathe in deeply through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Make sure your chest doesn’t move.
- Breathe out through pursed lips. Feel the hand on your belly go in and use it to push all the air out.
- Repeat three to ten times. Take your time with each breath.
Some more advanced options for breathing exercises include roll breathing and morning breathing.
Roll Breathing. Lie on your back with your knees bent, put your left hand on your belly and your right hand on your chest. Fill your lower lungs with air so that your left hand goes up when you inhale, and your right hand remains still. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do this 8 to 10 times.
Then, inhale into your lower lungs and continue inhaling into your upper chest, breathing slowly and regularly. Do this for three to five minutes. Be careful with this one as some people get dizzy the first time they try it!
Morning Breathing. While standing, bend forward from the waist with your knees slightly bent and let your arms dangle close to the floor. Inhale deeply, then return to a standing position slowly. Hold your breath for just a few seconds in the standing position. Repeat.
Try these today and notice how much more relaxed and calm you feel at the end of these breathing exercises!
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The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact White Brown Smiles, with a convenient orthodontic office in Orangeburg by clicking here or by calling 803.708.7390.