Breathing exercises are incredibly beneficial to help you wind down and remain calm during stressful moments. Being one of the inexpensive means to calm yourself, there are many popular breathing exercises that can be carried out.
A Harvard trained medical doctor, Dr Andrew Weil, believes breathing in and out is the key to retaining or regaining calmness.
Breathing Exercises are the fastest and easiest way to create calmness! It is said to help in as little as 1 minute. This breathing exercise, also known as the ‘Relaxing Breath’, with just 5 steps can be done anywhere and everywhere. Based on an ancient Indian practice, Pranayama, which stands for “regulation of breath” the exercise, eases the body into a state of relaxation and calmness.
Follow these five easy steps:
Step 1) Make a whoosh sound by exhaling completely through your mouth.
Step 2) Shut your mouth and quietly inhale through your nose, counting mentally to 4.
Step 3) Hold your breath for 7 seconds
Step 4) Exhale by making a whoosh sound again, for a count of 8.
Step 5) Repeat this cycle another 3 times, so in total for 4 breaths.
This breathing technique is effective because it encourages the fast removal of carbon dioxide. Appropriate respiration is effective in removing carbon dioxide from the lungs and blood. “Doing so equates into a better preservation of the bicarbonate pool; our reservoirs for helping maintain an appropriate pH balance,” stated, Kevin Meehan, a holistic practitioner and founder of Meehan Formulation in Jackson, Wyo.