The weekend has arrived, and now it’s time for you to unwind and relax.
The easiest, and probably the most effective way to quickly release tension and relax is Deep Breathing.
Most people when they are stressed, busy, and concentrated on something they consider relevant take short, shallow breaths using their chest only, thus using just a little part of their lungs. This makes us feel anxious and deprives us of our energy.
The good news is that with deep breathing, you will discover an excellent tool to immediately feel better, balanced, relaxed yet energized.
Follow these easy steps, I personally use and teach:
- Get comfortable. You can lie on your back in bed or on the floor with a pillow under your head and knees. Or you can sit in a chair with your shoulders, head, and neck supported against the back of the chair.
- Breathe in through your nose. Let your belly fill with air.
- Breathe out through your nose.
- Place one hand on your belly. Place the other hand on your chest.
- As you breathe in, feel your belly rise. As you breathe out, feel your belly lower. The hand on your belly should move more than the one that’s on your chest.
- Take three more full, deep breaths. Breathe fully into your belly as it rises and falls with your breath.
Do you feel better? I do, every time!
This technique is called 4-6-8 breathing and it’s part of the MMQG syllabus. It has been used for thousands of years, with slight variations, to relax, recover from stress and fear, to balance our body and mind.