Relaxation & Stress: Have You Forgotten How To Breathe?

Most of you reading this either drive, or take the train, to work, every day.

Your commute is a tremendous opportunity to improve your health through breathing.

Breathing – not meditation.

Meditation is great, and, I do it every day. But I’m talking about just breathing, correctly.

It’s quite typical to go through life these days taking short, constricted, shallow breaths. To hold your belly in, preventing it from expanding. To inhale and exhale briefly rather than deeply, as if you were always in a rush.

There are several reasons for this, such as your job, mindset, technology, environment, and more.

The good news is that with just a few minutes per day of proper practice, you can reset your default mode of breathing back to normal.

It isn’t that you don’t know how to breathe; it’s simply that you’ve forgotten, or, are out of practice.

I love the 4-6-8 technique.

Take one deep breath in, all the way, through the nostrils, to the count of 4. Allow your belly to expand and your diaphragm to drop.

Hold it for the count of six.

Exhale, slowly, completely, to the count of 8.

Repeat that for at least eight cycles.

Your particular ‘count’ may vary. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same as mine, but is should be in the same proportion.

This may feel awkward at first, because you may be breathing in reverse regularly.

Don’t worry.

With a little bit of regular practice, you will notice that you’re much calmer, and that your breathing correctly without thinking about it at other times during the day.

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