When I start to feel stressed out, I close my eyes and take 5 very long deep breaths. I breathe in through the nose as long as I can and then out through my mouth exhaling all the breath in my lungs. This is not only cleansing to the body, it's also cleansing to the mind.
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Yoga Deep breathing is a great way to cut the stress. Practicing breathing in Yoga, and during exercise engraves proper breathing on our beings. Then, when we are faced with stressful situations, we can easily fall into proper breathing to help us deal with the stress.414
Breathe in and out using the diaphragm, breathing through your nose.
Seriously. During intense and enduring workouts it's not always easy remembering to breathe, so I plan breathing intervals (for like 10 minutes) between each segment of my workout. Breathe in deep through the nose, hold the breath, try to inhale again through the nose (if you can't it's ok), and then exhale deeply through the mouth. This helps you to remember to breathe, (no kidding) this helps you control breathing, and it improves your breath quality. 198
(You may find that after adding a few intervals you can breathe better, I did).
I have no idea if this works for everyone, I am breathing easier now during my workouts so...
Even though breathing is an automatic reflex for each of us, did you know that during stress, people temporarily stop breathing at a normal rate? During stress and other crises, our bodies temporarily react to stress by breathing at very shallow levels. We do not stop breathing, but our bodies get less oxygen into our lungs during stressful times. Here is a great (as all SP articles are great) article from SP re how to do relaxation breathing. (see "Tags" section below.
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