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Anti-Stress Breathing Techniques

There are days when everything goes wrong. When you are stressed, the wisest thing to do is to take a break in order to clear your thoughts. Never force yourself to do something and put aside what seems too difficult to you. Learning to control your respiration will allow you to relax, to reduce your stress level. To help you, here are the best anti-stress breathing exercises.

Opt for Abdominal Breathing to Reduce Stress

Stress reliever, abdominal breathing is the best technique to adopt to help you control your emotions and your feelings quickly, even in an emergency. If you are experiencing moments of tension, the first thing to do is to focus your attention on the abdomen and become aware of your breathing at this level. The respiratory techniques of sophrology are a natural anti-stress that you can do as soon as you need to. Abdominal breathing can be done anywhere, in any position (lying, standing, or sitting) as long as you do not have your stomach pressed in tight clothes.

Control your Respiration to Calm Down

Now that you are familiar with abdominal breathing, you can control your breathing rate easily. The goal is to relax by doing ample breathing without excessive effort. The lungs take time to expand and increase their capacity, as do the muscles that control breathing. In breathing techniques to reduce stress by Loris Vitry, the inspiration, the retention full lungs, the expiration and held in vacuum, are of equal durations.

Balancing your emotions, those techniques including intermittent breathing provide self-confidence. It also regulates the heart rate, ensures better sleep and fights emotional outbursts and anger. Controlled breathing can also be practiced anywhere, in any position, as for abdominal breathing. By the way, it is advisable to combine both in order to better get rid of toxins and other poisons (physical and psychological).

Take a Thoracic Breath to Relieve Stress

Thoracic breathing is often the body’s response to stressful situations or intense physical exercise. It allows the body to rapidly increase the influx of oxygen. But it can very quickly lead to hyperventilation when you lose control of it, which takes place at the level of the rib cage. Therefore, it may seem surprising to recommend this type of breathing in case of stress. Thoracic breathing is however what the Pilates method recommends. But unlike the breaths of anxiety, it is necessary to breathe deeply in the thorax, without inflating the abdomen.