There are many different methods for breathing that can help you to relax. A big component of all of them is they help you to focus your energy and attention on one thing. When our minds are able to slow down, this is inherently calming. Deep breathing also transfers more oxygen to our bloodstream, thereby making our bodies more efficient and relaxed.
Deep breathing is something you can practice almost anywhere. Ideally, find a space that is quiet and comfortable. You can sit on a chair or on the floor in a cross legged position. Close your eyes.
Breathe normally. First begin to notice your breath as it exists now. Are your inhales and exhales even? Are they short? Or are they long? As you focus on the breath, notice any tension that exists in your muscles and slowly release that tension on the exhale.
Gradually begin to increase the length of your inhalation and exhalation. Inhale and count to 3. Slowly exhale for 3 counts. Inhale and count to 4. Slowly exhale for 4 counts. Continue adding a single count to each repetition of breath until you reach 10 counts of inhalation and 10 counts of exhalation. Once you’ve reached 10 counts, slowly allow your breathing to return to normal.
Special considerations: Sometimes deep breathing can result in dizziness if your body isn’t accustomed to getting so much oxygen. If you experience this during a deep breathing exercise, open your eyes and slowly allow your breathing to return to normal. The dizziness should dissipate on its own.
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