It’s a simple function. We do it all day without thinking much about it at all. Breathing may be second nature, but are you breathing effectively? Taking time to really breathe deeply can help you:

  • Reduce stress
  • Temporarily reduce high blood pressure
  • Increase circulation
  • Minimize panic attacks
  • Gain mental clarity
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Improve overall wellness

The simple, effective breathing technique I’m sharing with you here, when done a minimum of twice a day, will greatly contribute to the above health benefits.

Calming, Deep Breathing Exercise

  1. Get comfortable, preferably sitting or lying down.
  2. Picture your heart in the center of your chest.
  3. Breath deeply and evenly. A good range to shoot for is 5-6 seconds in, no pause, 5-6 seconds out, no pause, repeat. But don’t force yourself. This breathing should be deep and natural.
  4. Since your focus is on your heart area, picture that this breathing is coming from your heart area.
  5. Once you’ve gotten into a good, relaxing breathing rhythm recall a vivid, positive memory and really feel the positive emotions that it evokes.

Counting the seconds as you breathe keeps you focused on your breath and helps prevent your mind from wandering back to stressful topics. Try to keep up this breathing and feeling the positive emotions from your memory for at least one minute. Of course, longer than a minute is fine, and may even bring longer lasting results.

I recommend doing this simple breathing technique in the morning before you start your day, and as the last thing you do at night before you fall asleep. However, adding it in during your day, especially after stressful moments or interactions, can greatly improve your well-being.

-by Life Coach Carrie Koch

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