I do write a lot about breathing.
Fact is… it HELPS.
There are a few different ways to breathe deeply so that you can get some fast benefits.
First, just breathe into the bottom of the belly, really filling the body with air. Then exhale through the nose slowly, and press the navel toward the spine to press all the old air out. Breathing nice and slow: at least 4 counts in, hold 2, 6 counts out, hold 2.
As you get the hang of it, you can slow down the counts, taking even longer per breath.
Use this whenever you need a quick chill-out, when you’re stuck in traffic, when there’s someone on the phone you really don’t want to be nice to but have to… whenever you feel stressed.
Use this breath first thing in the morning to help you focus and relax, and use it at bedtime to help unwind you to sleep. We’ll talk more about other breathing styles too, but try this and let me know what you notice.