Breathing relieves stress and anxiety; I can not over state this. There are numerous breathing techniques that help with reducing stress and anxiety.
Below is a technique that quickly drops your anxiety and stress levels down and can be done easily at work or home. It can be used in situations that cause fear reactions such as flying, public speaking etc.
Breathing in you breathe in energy, breathing out you release stress and your anxiety feelings. Notice how when stress builds up you can naturally sigh or have a deep breath. It helps to release and reduce your stress.
Breathing is a natural way to eliminate anxiety and stress. It also serves to aid the body in many other ways.
The meridians (which are energy channels in the body) flow better, all your joints in the body move when you breathe; you improve your oxygen and hence energy levels. All by just breathing.
Most of you shallow breathe which is why stress accumulates. In a stressful situation such as public speaking, you may feel out of breath. Anxiety can take over and if you take anxiety further you may even faint in these situations, all from just a lack of oxygen to the brain.
Breathing reduces anxiety, simply and easily. There are many simple breathing techniques to help in your stress reduction goals. There are many that are used to improve health also. The technique below is a more immediate way to reduce stress quickly.
Great for those urgent meetings, or the interview with the boss, the public speaking or an acceptance speech at an award evening.
This technique is simple to do and you can use it quickly and effectively in many situations. Just try it now and see how you feel…
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- Hold your right hand up and curl your index and middle fingers towards your palm. Place your thumb next to your right nostril. Close the left nostril by pressing gently against it with your ring finger and inhale through the right nostril. The breath should be slow, steady and full.
- Now close the right nostril by pressing gently against it with your thumb, and open your left nostril by relaxing your ring finger and exhale fully with a slow and steady breath.
- Inhale though the left nostril, close it, and then exhale through the right nostril.
(That’s one complete round of Nadi Shodhana–Inhale though the right nostril, Exhale through the left, Inhale through the left, Exhale through the right)
Begin with 5-10 rounds and add more as you feel comfortable.
Remember to keep your breathing slow, easy and full. Nadi Shodhana can be practiced just about any time and anywhere. Nadi Shodhana helps control stress and anxiety.
If you start to feel stressed out, 10 or so rounds will help calm you down. Stress and anxiety reduces and a sense of calm will wash over your body. Breathing can help to soothe anxiety and other fearful situations.
No matter where you are or what you are doing, this little breathing exercise is your pocket stress relief. Do it on a plane if you don’t like flying. Do it before a board meeting if you know the topic is going to be stressful. Use it whenever and wherever you feel the need.
Breathing is a natural part of stress relief. Used with other stress reduction method you will find your stress is minimal. The great thing about these techniques is that they also improve your health.
These are techniques that have been around for centuries and are part of an overall health regime. Breathing is used in meditation, Acupressure, Reiki and many other healing arts. Breathing is used in martial arts to increase your power and protect yourself.
Using your breath for stress and anxiety relief is simple and easy. Just try it, breathe in energy and breathe out all your anxiety and stress. Anxiety can fade away, as can all stress… after all you deserve to be free of anxiety and stress.