Breathing Exercises for Stress Reduction

Take a deep breath in. Now let it out. You may notice a difference in how you feel already. Your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and make you feel less anxious. Some simple breathing exercises can make a big difference if you make them part of your regular routine.

Tips to Remember

  • Choose a place to do your breathing exercise. It could be in your bed, on your living room floor, or in a comfortable chair.
  • Don't force it. This can make you feel more stressed.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.

Many breathing exercises take only a few minutes. When you have more time, you can do them for 10 minutes or more to get even greater benefits.

Benefits of Practicing Breathing Exercises Regularly

  • Lowered heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and improved circulation.
  • More energy to complete the tasks you are doing, while simultaneously lowering your heart rate and helping you to calm down.
  • The long exhalation that comes as a result of deep breathing tells the nervous system to calm down.
  • If you suffer from anxiety on a nearly daily basis, taking a few moments throughout the day to perform deep breathing exercises can be helpful.

The following videos teach breathing techniques and tell you about the benefits of these exercises.