Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any demand or threat.

Stress is not always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. However, when you are constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price.

This kind of physical reaction is tied to health problems like cardiovascular disease, insomnia, hypertension (high blood pressure), indigestion, increased infections, and autoimmune disease. It also contributes to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Stress management is an essential key for improving your health and quality of life. Deep breathing exercises are a foundational principle of managing life’s stresses. You can reclaim your physical and mental health by practicing deep breathing exercises.


5 Benefits of Deep Breathing

When you learn to take deep, slow breaths, your body reacts in many positive ways:

  1.    Your muscles relax. You will find it is difficult to maintain much physical tension when you are breathing correctly.
  2.    Oxygen delivery improves. When you breathe deeply, and you are relaxed, fresh oxygen pours into every cell in the body. This increases the functionality of every system in the body. You will also notice improved mental concentration and physical stamina.
  3.    Your blood pressure lowers. As your muscles let go of tension, your blood vessels dilate, and your blood pressure can return to a normal level.
  4.    Pain Killer (Endorphins are released). Deep breathing triggers the release of endorphins, which improves feelings of well-being and provides pain relief.
  5.    Detoxification improves. Good breathing habits help the lymphatic system function properly; this encourages the release and removal of harmful toxins. This cleanses the body and allows it to direct its energy to more productive functions.


Create time today and reclaim your health through breathing exercise.

AUN Health Center contributed these tips