*Deep breaths are like little love notes to your body.*
When you’re feeling stressed, it may seem like there’s no way to calm yourself down, but it’s important to learn how to handle your stress. High stress levels can be unhealthy, so next time you’re feeling stressed, try some breathing exercises to calm your mind. Often practiced in yoga classes, breathing exercises are great ways to find your zen, + they’re easy to master! —
1] EQUAL BREATHING
Balance is good for your mind + body, especially when it has to do with your breath. Start this exercise by sitting up straight + closing your eyes. Keep your breath balanced by inhaling for a count of 4, then exhaling for a count of 4. Repeat until you feel your body relax. As you continue to practice this exercise, you can slowly increase the counts of your breath until you reach about 6-8 counts. This breathing exercise is also known to help with insomnia, in case you find yourself counting sheep : )
2] ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING
If you’re looking for a way to relax while also increasing your energy levels, this breathing exercise works to rid that *groggy* feeling. Begin by sitting up straight with your shoulders relaxed + eyes closed. Raise your right hand, place your ring finger + pinky finger on the left nostril, + place your thumb on your right nostril. Your other fingers should rest in between your eyebrows. Use your thumb to close your right nostril, + breathe out through your left nostril. Breathe in through your left nostril, + then close it with your ring + pinky fingers while opening up your right nostril. Exhale with your right nostril + then inhale with your right nostril. Switch back to the left nostril. Repeat several times, ++ make sure you release your hands after an exhale.
3] GUIDED VISUALIZATION
To get into the ultimate *relaxation mode,* breathe deeply while imagining you are somewhere else. Pick a location that makes you feel relaxed — a *happy place* you are familiar with or somewhere you’ve never been except for your dreams. Close your eyes + think of this place while you inhale + exhale with even breaths. Thinking of a place where you feel relaxed helps to remove the negativity that you may be experiencing in that moment.
4] PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION
If you’re feeling tense, try tensing + relaxing each muscle group in your body. You can start at your toes, + slowly make your way up to your knees, chest, jaw, + eyes. For each muscle group, tense your muscles for 3 seconds, + then release for a few seconds. As you do so, make sure you are breathing in from your nose + out through your mouth.
Don’t let stress take over your life. Take control + calm your mind // body with these simple breathing exercises. A few deep breaths every day could make a huge impact on the way you handle stressful situations, + help you lead a healthier + happier life!
Breathe on CHAARGies ; )
++ Soula [soula_inchaarg] // UMD CHAARG