Simple and effective breathing technique to aid stress reduction.
BREATHING – Something as simple as using a daily focused breathing technique can help to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g. decreases in heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension).
CALM - Deep Abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes each day can reduce anxiety and reduce stress, increase the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness.
THE TECHNIQUE – First “smile inwardly” with your eyes and mouth and release the tension in your shoulders. This is a powerful muscle release in the places where most people hold their muscles tense. Then imagine holes in the soles of your feet. As you take a deep breath in, visualize hot air flowing through these holes moving slowly up your legs, through your abdomen and filling your lungs. Relax your muscles sequentially as the hot air moves through them up your body. When you exhale reverse the visualization so you “see” hot air coming out the same holes in your feet. Repeat throughout the day whenever you need to feel calm and relaxed. Continue to read the article here.
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