Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Feel More Calm With Breathing Exercises



Chances are we’ve probably heard it before “calm down, take a deep breath”. Right? Now how often do we practice breathing deeply regularly. Go ahead, take a deep breath right now. How did it feel? We should probably do it more often right? Well here’s how you can.

First, let’s look at why taking a deep breath is so important. When we are in high stress situations whether it be a very upset child or an angry boss our breath becomes very shallow. As our breath becomes shallow, our body tenses, we often can not think clearly and what’s our reaction? Next time you’re in a situation like this, try an experiment and take a few deep breathes before you react.



When we practice breathing exercises regularly it becomes more natural to use a few deep breaths here and there throughout the day.

I suggested trying out each of the breathing exercises below. Choose which one feels most comfortable and practice it first thing in the morning. Set a timer for a few minutes and dedicate that time to breathing. Your entire day could change by beginning it with breathing.

1) Begin inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Start to count how long you inhale and how long you exhale. Try to match them now. Example: inhale for 3 seconds, exhale for 3 seconds. Make the inhale and exhale both feel even and comfortable.

2) As you inhale through the nose feel the belly rise, ribs expand and chest rise. Pause and hold that breath in. Exhale and sigh it all out as you feel the chest fall, ribs retract, and stomach sink back in. Inhale feel how amazing a deep inhale is, pause and notice whats bothering you, exhale that thing that is bothering you as you sigh.

3) As you inhale bring your mind to a thought that makes you happy. As you exhale smile. Go ahead really smile, it works. Keep repeating the same thought or go through every thought that makes you happy.

Unfortunately we do not have a pause button that can teleport us to our favorite getaway when things get tough. But you do have deep breathing available to you whenever you need it for as long as you would like it.

Take a deep breath, repeat again, again, and again because it really works.

In good health,
Vanessa Hartmann





26 comments:

  1. Great post. I really enjoyed it. Breathing has so much to do with how we feel. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's amazing how important and effective it is :)

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  2. Thank you for the breathing exercises. I am trying every night to be calm before I go to sleep and I do want to do the breathing exercises the right way.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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    1. It's such a great idea to take a few deep breaths before bed to calm down from the day and prepare for a good nights rest.

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  3. Following your steps really makes a difference!

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    1. I think the toughest part is taking the time to.

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  4. It sounds silly to "just breathe", but I find when I am stressed out I feel like there is not enough air in the world for me to breathe. I know that's when I need to go out side and sit in my garden with eyes closed and just breathe.

    Saw this on Talented Tuesdays

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    1. Great idea to go outside and breathe in your garden.

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  5. Great tips! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday! Hope to have you back again this week!

    Holly
    iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks for sharing with this wonderful breathing exercise tips with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

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  7. I really enjoyed this post. Breathing is so important! It can make all the difference in how we live and move through our lives. Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. I've featured it at the hop this week!

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    1. Thank you April. Taking the time to breathe deep is always so helpful for myself.

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  8. Vanessa I love the name of your blog and the picture with your baby on your back! So so glad that you shared this on Making Memories Mondays! :-)
    Cathy@threekidsandafish{dot}com

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  9. It really is amazing how taking a deep breath relaxes you! Looks like baby was loving it as well. Thanks for sharing this great post with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. It's amazing with young ones when they see and feel you take deep breaths they begin to do the same.

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  10. Thank you so much for posting to Wicked Awesome Wednesday! You've been featured this week. I appreciate your support! Stop by the website and pick up your "I've been featured!" button.

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  11. I like this post...How To feel More Calm With Breathing Exercises. In this day and age I think we all can use a little calm in our lives. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. I agree that in this day in age we need deep breathing more than ever!

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  12. I tried inhaling and exhaling while reading this post. I should do it more often. I need to start taking action to relieve stress and get fit. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. I love that you where inhaling and exhaling while reading the post!

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  13. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing over at Merry Monday, hope to see you again tomorrow night!

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    1. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed them :)

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