Breathing exercises can help you relax, because they make your body feel like it does when you are already relaxed.
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body, become mindful and a doorway to effective meditation. Relaxed breathing tells your body you’re safe. That way, your forebrain (the rostral-most portion of the brain known as the prosencephalon). It controls body temperature, reproductive functions, eating, sleeping, and any display of emotions.
When you practice deep breathing you are helping the body relax, and this frees up energy for the hindbrain (rhombencephalon), which coordinates functions that are fundamental to survival, including respiratory rhythm, motor activity, sleep, and wakefulness.
Try this breathing exercise now:
- Inhale for a count of 4
- Hold your breath at the top of the inhale for a count of 4
- Exhale slowly for a count of 4
- Hold your breath at the bottom of the exhale for a count of 4
- Rinse and Repeat. Do this 4 times and then close your eyes for a count of 4.
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