Deep Breathing is a simple and effective coping tool that anyone can do. A couple of reasons it’s so great is that it can be carried out anywhere and we’re always equipped to do it. All we need is ourselves.
Deep breathing triggers the body’s Natural Relaxation Response, which is a state of rest that changes our physical and emotional response to stress. Once triggered, heart rate slows down, muscles relax, breathing becomes slower, and blood pressure even decreases. This makes deep breathing a “go-to” coping tool for anxiety. But it’s a basic coping tool everyone should learn how to do properly and keep in their coping toolboxes. That’s why I included it in my recent post, 31 Days of Self-Care.
There are many types of breathing exercises, but below you’ll find a basic guide to help anyone who’s just getting started.
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Do you have any deep breathing tips for people just starting out? What other breathing exercises do you recommend?