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Breathe In, Breathe Out … Breathing Exercises to Keep You Relaxed

Why are breathing exercises so helpful?
Deep breathing exercises stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that is responsible for the activities in the body that occur while at rest.  While the parasympathetic nervous system is active, the body is relaxed and able to fight off stress.  Breathing exercises can also be used to invigorate the body and prepare the mind to focus.

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Photo Credit: Mae Chevrette; Cropped.

Breathing exercises can be broken down into a few subsets:

  • Calming exercises help you…
    • Improve focus and concentration
    • Reduce anxiety
    • Manage stress and mood
    • Sleep more soundly
    • Build stamina
  • Stimulating exercises help you…
    • Energize yourself
    • Heighten your awareness
    • Invigorate yourself
  • Centering exercises help you…
    • Calm the mind
    • Prepare the mind to focus
    • Relax the body
    • Synch the mind and body for optimal performance

Now try some breathing exercises yourself! Here are some great guided videos:

An app that also might be helpful is breathe2relax, available for free on iTunes and Google Play.

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