If you’re feeling stressed or a bit anxious, or if you just need a pick-me-up, consider trying the following breathing exercise; it can help bring energy and clarity to your mind.
The first time, do it for just 15 seconds, increasing the duration by five seconds every time until you can complete one full minute. Always breathe normally between exercises (and don’t do anything if it doesn’t align with your Doctor’s orders).
- Sit upright with your back straight, eyes closed, and shoulders relaxed.
- Place the tip of your tongue against the bony ridge behind and above your upper teeth.
- Breathe rapidly through your nose, in and out, with your mouth slightly closed.
- Keep your inhale and exhale short and equal. Your chest should be almost mechanical in its movements—rapid, like air is pumping through it.
Inhale and exhale three times per second, if you can, keeping your breath audible. Ideally, you will feel the muscular effects of this breathing exercise at the base of your neck (just above the collarbone) and at the diaphragm (by your tummy). Put your hands on these areas to get a sense of the movements.
Breathing is the key to releasing stress and re-energizing your body—so out with the bad air, in with the good. Inhale…Exhale…that’s it…
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