Do A One Minute Breathing Exercise To Reduce Anxiety

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Deep-breathing is beneficial in more ways than one. It reduces stress, cleanses the lungs, increases brain function, and promotes better sleep. Exercises like yoga and tai chi use proper breathing techniques as their foundation because they calm the mind and body.

When you wake up today, take one minute to focus on your breathing.

Follow these steps:

  1. Breathe in and out slowly to become aware of the natural rhythm of your breath.
  2. Let your breath flow in and out effortlessly.
  3. Inhale for a count of four.
  4. Hold for a count of four.
  5. Exhale for a count of eight.
  6. Repeat four times.

This short exercise will help you start your day in a more mindful state. If you enjoy it, try incorporating deep breathing exercises into your morning routine more often.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Jul 16, 2019 7:23 AM America/Chicago

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