Breathing is Underrated!

November 26, 2007


Well folks, it’s upon us once again - the holiday season! Busy work schedules, parties, shopping, travel, family gatherings, and for most of us a bit more stress than we’re used to.

To help make your holiday season a bit more pleasant, I thought I’d pass along this quick and easy stress-buster tip about breathing. One of the first things that happens to us when we get stressed is that our breathing becomes more shallow. You’d be amazed at just how much better you’ll fell after only 60 seconds of proper deep breathing. Here’s some helpful tips on proper breathing from the Ririan Project - give it a try:

“The way most people breathe does not maximize the amount of oxygen one inhales, nor does it expel the right amount of waste gases. Here’s how you should be breathing if you want to achieve the best results:

  • Sit comfortably, keeping your back and neck straight.
  • Close your eyes and imagine that your upper body is a plastic bottle with a cork on top.
  • Slowly inhale, and imagine the cork being released and air rushing to the bottom of the bottle.
  • When you feel you can’t inhale anymore and the bottle is full, slowly exhale while imagining someone squeezing the bottle from the bottom. Make sure that your exhalation lasts at least 1.5 times longer than your inhalation.
  • Repeat the process for one minute.
  • Open your eyes slowly and enjoy the feeling of relaxation.”

  • If you’re serious about making the technique a habit, grab a sticky and write the word “breathe” on it. Then attach it to your monitor as a reminder.

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