Feeling stressed out? Just Breathe
“Ancient Eastern traditions have known for centuries: changing our breathing pattern relieves stress and leads to a healthier state of being.” Thanks to TheEverygirl we get to share with you 3 breathing techniques that will help you relieve stress.
Ocean Breath: A small amount of muscle tension helps calm the mind, balance the entire body, decrease anxiety, and release tension. To practice the Ocean Breath, sit up tall in a chair or on the floor, rest your hands on your knees, and close your eyes. Breathe deeply in and out through the nose. With each inhale and exhale, lightly constrict your throat. Bring your awareness to the sound of the breath and focus on making it deeper and smoother.
Extended Exhales: Making your exhalation longer than your inhale is a quick way to calm down. This is an excellent technique for balancing emotions, quieting the mind, and regulating anxiety. To practice Extended Exhales, sit up tall in a chair or try lying down, close your eyes, and breathe in and out through the nose. Make each exhale 2-3 counts longer than the inhale.
Left Nostril Breathing: If you feel agitated, angry, stressed out, frantic, or just overloaded with emotions this is a fast acting exercise. Breathing in and out through the left nostril brings in cooling energy to help soothe a frayed nervous system, harmonize emotions, calibrates the body, and restores peaceful feelings. To practice Left Nostril Breathing, sit up tall in a chair or on the floor, close your eyes, cover your right nostril, and take slow breaths in and out through the left nostril for one minute.