Feeling overwhelmed and need a quick stress-buster? Use these 3 breathing techniques for instant stress relief – anywhere, anytime.
The following is an excerpt from my article on Thrive Global.
Let’s face it – it’s hard to feel stressed and productive at the same time.
It’s almost impossible for me to write, for example, if I’m feeling stressed. It’s also pretty difficult for me to function as a human being; I often feel irritated, anxious, and on-edge, which negatively impacts my well being, my work, and my relationships.
The antidote? Shaking off stress at a cellular level, baby.
Deep breathing is simple, quick, and super effective at combatting stress. It’s also a lot healthier for us than many other coping strategies (such as pacifying ourselves with our phone, Netflix, or junk food).
And the best part? You can literally do this anywhere, any time – without looking like a total weirdo.
Why breathing techniques work
Deep breathing exercises help trick our body into relaxation.
Think about the times you normally breathe deeply. Most likely, it’s when you’re about to fall asleep, when you’re actually asleep, and when you’re chilling out.
Stress switches up this rhythm.
When we’re stressed, our breathing tends to become more shallow, and concentrates in our chest, rather than our stomach.
We stop moving as much yummy oxygen around our body, because we’re not getting enough of it into our system.
These techniques help us resolve this in an instant.
Like what you’re reading? Check out the full article on Thrive Global.