Mindful Breathing In 7 Easy Steps

As you read this article, you are breathing. Without a thought, you are expanding your rib cage, letting in a full breath of air, filtering the air, and delivering oxygen to your cells. Incredible, isn’t it? And yet most of us don’t think about our breath.

Indeed, taking time to contemplate is a luxury. With constant demands on our time — kids, work, social life — it seems impossible to sit down and do nothing but think. Read more

Why Do We Sigh?

“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.”
— Shakespeare

Why do we sigh? It’s a gesture which expresses emotions ranging from exasperation to restlessness to frustration with an uncommitted lover, as Shakespeare bemoans in the quote above.

But it’s not all gloom and doom: Sighs don’t always represent a negative expression. 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

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

How to Use the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique to Reduce Stress

Why is breath so important? Breath is readily available as a focal point during meditative practice and is a handy measure of your state of mind. Lowering our breathing rate helps lower anxiety, reduce stress and makes it easier to sleep.

Breathing exercises are one of the core tenets of mindfulness. In this article, we are going to describe a breathing technique called 4-7-8 breathing, which you can use to quickly tap into the power of controlled breathing and its health benefits. Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief

Breathing sustains life. It sends oxygen to your lungs and brain. It keeps the heart pumping. It’s essential to life. And, as a bonus for those living in today’s busy society, controlled and mindful breathing also helps you manage stress. Everyone who is subject to today’s busy and stressful way of life could benefit from learning breathing exercises for stress management.

By taking control of your breath, you can reset the stress response in your brain. Slow, deep breathing shifts the autonomic nervous system (which is in charge of the fight-or-flight response) back into rest mode and lowers blood pressure. For those who suffer from anxiety, deep breathing has been shown to provide relief by relaxing muscles. 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

The Best Everyday Meditative Breathing Techniques

If you’ve spent any time researching meditative breathing techniques, you’ll know that there are dozens of methods to choose from. Trying to find a technique that works for you can be overwhelming, and it might scare you away from trying. However, you can narrow it down by searching for breathing methods that help with specific issues.

Many breathing techniques are based on the yogic principle of Pranayama, which is the foundation of all yoga practices. Pranayama translates to extending your life force. Because breathing can help you with so many issues, breathing in a specific way will provide you with a greater quality of life and help you get a better handle on the issues you face every day.

Here is a quick guide to some breathing techniques that help reduce stress, raise energy levels, and help you when you’re having trouble sleeping. 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

What Are the Benefits of Deep Breathing?

The constant demands of loans, job pressure, and social expectation make us more stressed out than we’ve ever been. It’s no wonder that around 18% of the population struggles with anxiety. There’s too much pressure.

In the face of so much stress, many are looking for anything that will help them calm down and become more healthy in today’s world. One of the best ways to do exactly that is to regularly practice deep breathing. However, many people are reluctant to try it, because it seems too simple. How can something as natural as breathing make such a big difference?

Most people breathe from their chest instead of from their diaphragm. This results in shallow breathing that taxes the body and doesn’t give it the amount of oxygen necessary to keep everything running at optimal function.

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