Lower blood pressure, improve sleep, reduce anxiety …
(Michelle Robin, Quadrants of Wellbeing) Yoga instructor Patricia Gray of Kansas City gives us a simple breathing exercise to hit the reset button.
“Stop and take inventory of your day. While standing or sitting, be very attentive to your posture.
“Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. Close your eyes, and then relax the diaphragm.
“Fill up your lungs to a slow three to four count breath. And then slowly exhale the same length of time and volume.
“And doing that, just stopping for a few, even just three slow breaths, will hit the reset button for stress.”
Why does this practice matter? What is so important about breathing slowly and deeply?
It turns out that breathing is closely tied to your nervous system, your emotions and physical exertion.
Breathing rapidly increases when you are physically active — be that dancing or running from a tiger — or if you are emotionally stressed, upset, excited or crying.
So simple and effective, it can even calm down a ‘spoiled brat’
Changing how you breathe is both the easiest and the best small change you can make to put the odds in your favor.
It is easy, doesn’t cost anything, and doesn’t require equipment, training, a special location, or even any planning!
Even children can move from the verge of a tantrum to calm and happy with just a few deep breaths.
Try it and see if it works for you as well. If you aren’t immediately convinced by a change in your mental state, there are several other benefits to breathing exercises.
Take a few minutes at the end of the day to put the odds in your favor with this small, easy, and free change. READ THE FULL STORY AT Quadrants of Wellbeing.
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