STRESS BUSTER TIP: 3 times a day, under 5 minutes total:
Feeling stressed evokes tense, shallow breathing, while calm is associated with relaxed breathing
When you can’t get in for an acupuncture or massage, but your stressed out, try this specific type of breathing. Chances are, you’re too stressed to want to try it. Breath one and two might be tough, but by number 5, I promise you’ll notice a difference. Come on, it’ll take less than two minutes. The key is to go very slow, inhale through your nose, and try to bring your breath in so that it makes your belly rise:
Let out a big sigh, dropping your chest, and exhaling through gently pursed lips, says Joan Borysenko, PhD, director of Harvard’s Mind-Body Clinical Programs. Now imagine your low belly, or center, as a deep, powerful place. Feel your breath coming and going as your mind stays focused there. Inhale, feeling your entire belly, sides and lower back expand. Exhale, sighing again as you drop your chest, and feeling your belly, back and sides contract. Repeat 10 times, relaxing more fully each time.