Breathing for Weight Loss: Legitimate Tactic or Bust?

In the huge rush to lose weight, countless weight loss tactics, tricks, and tools have popped up. From exercise regimens to diet plans to expensive surgeries to pills, there’s a weight loss plan for almost every personality.

And yet another plan that has recently entered the scene is a weight loss plan based on breathing techniques. Read more

How to Check Your Pulse and What You Can Learn From It

Your pulse is the measure of the beat of your heart. What you are feeling when you feel your pulse is blood bursting through your arteries each time your heart beats. At any age, your pulse is a way to gather information on how healthy you are, if you’re stressed, or if you’re pushing hard enough during a workout. Read more

How to Use Breath Control Exercises to Relieve Stress

Breath control — it’s not just a vocal technique for professional singers or a term reserved for yogis. It’s an effective and important tool that helps us reset our internal systems after experiencing stress. Read more

A Guide to Proper Breathing Techniques

Breathing is something we rarely think about. It was our first natural action at birth and it happens automatically: Air comes into our lungs and air comes out. But breathing can also have a substantial impact on our mental and physical health. Read more

Wim Hof Breathing: The Technique That Set World Records

Wim Hof, also known as “The Iceman,” hails from Sittard, Netherlands and holds 21 records for ice endurance, heat tests and other grueling, body-punishing feats of endurance in the “Guinness Book of World Records.” He’s run marathons barefoot, gone shirtless the Arctic circle, dove under the ice at the North Pole, and climbed most of Mt. Everest shoeless, shirtless and without oxygen.

How does this superhuman manage to push his body beyond the brink without suffering long-term negative consequences? Read more

How to Stop a Panic Attack in 6 Steps

During a panic attack, your entire body is on high alert. Your heart is pounding and you are breathing fast and shallow. Your thoughts are racing, and you can’t think straight. The physical symptoms of a panic attack are real and intense. A panic attack can truly throw off the rest of your day. It’s understandable that you’d want to learn how to stop a panic attack.

At the peak of a panic attack, it can feel like there’s nothing you can do. Don’t get discouraged. There are techniques you can leverage to reduce the severity of your panic attack, and even stop it altogether. Read more

What is Diaphragmatic Breathing and How Can it Help Anxiety?

When it comes to breathing, there are dozens of distinct techniques you can use. While breathing is something you do automatically, using specific breathing methods that help you control each exhale and inhale can help reduce anxiety and stress in several situations.

This article will take an in-depth look at one of the most reliable and stress-relieving breathing techniques out there: diaphragmatic breathing. Read more

The Top Meditations for Relaxation

You have a lot of stress in your life. When you come home from work, you might change into something comfortable and spend the rest of the night watching Netflix. However, this doesn’t actually do much to help you deal with the levels of stress and frustration in your life.

Instead of spending hours zoning out and putting your stress on ice, there are actions you can take to deal with it in the long term. Meditation is one of the simplest and most beneficial ways to deal with stress. It is a great way to activate the relaxation response, and deal with many of the physical side effects of being stressed out. Read more

The Best Techniques for Deep Breathing

Breathing is a quick and easy way to reduce stress at a moments notice.Your mind and body can benefit in a variety of ways when you start breathing deeply on a regular basis. Learning how to breathe deeply can help lower your blood pressure, increase your cardiovascular strength, reduce anxiety, and boost your overall energy levels.

Most techniques build on the basic definition of deep breathing: in deep breathing, you work to take in more air and exhale more fully. You want your stomach to rise as you take a breath in, and then you want your stomach to deflate to the point of being tucked in as you breathe out.

There are many breathing techniques you can use to improve your health. This article will outline some of the methods you can use, and how to implement them in your daily life.

Counting Your Breath

Counting your breath is probably the most straight forward method of deep breathing. Using a  count of breaths gives your mind something to focus on, and makes it less likely that your mind will wander. Read more

How to Relax Your Body

Holidays are a time for you to connect with your family and share gifts with the people you love. However, the pressure of preparing for holiday parties and trying to get gifts that everyone will like can become stressful and create a lot of tension rather than joy.

As a result, many people end up getting tense and holding that stress in their bodies. If you find your skin breaking out more than usual, or feel tired and achey all the time around the holidays, it’s possible that you’re holding too much stress in your body.

When you get stressed, the fight or flight response activates in your body. Your brain floods various body systems with stress hormones to get ready for potential danger. Activating the relaxation response reverses that and brings the stress levels in your body down, slowing down your heart and helping your muscles ease up.

You don’t have to just deal with holding on to that added stress, even if you are short on time. There are many ways to relieve tension in your body so your holidays will be a little less stressful. Some of them only take a few minutes, and some of them take a little longer. Read more