Deep breathing is the missing link to lasting stress relief yet it is one of the most under-utilized techniques that should be incorporated daily. Trust me! If more of my clients breathed deeply using their belly and diaphragm instead of shallow breathing using neck and chest muscles, I would probably lose a lot of business! Here are some easy to follow steps:
Here are basic steps to deep breathing, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
* Lie on your back, on a flat surface. * Place one hand on your stomach just above your belly button, and the other hand on your chest. * Inhale slowly, making sure that your stomach rises a bit. * Hold your breath for a second. * Slowly exhale, letting your stomach sink back down.