Today I’m sharing with you the best breathing exercises for better self-awareness. It’s important to be present and knowing various deep breathing exercises are essential tools to have that will help you to instantly alleviate stress, anxiety, frustration, and anger. Wouldn’t you love to know how to conquer stress? There are several ways in which you can practice deep breathing to relax both your body and mind. As is true for many other things in life: practice makes perfect.
The more you get into a routine of practicing breathing exercises, the better you’ll become at doing so, which will give YOU the ability to reduce stress, anger, and frustration easier than before.
Your posture is extremely important whether you are sitting for yoga or standing because if you are slumped forward it will be more difficult to expand your lungs which obviously play a crucial role in deep breathing exercises. So sit up or stand straight whenever you are deep breathing. Side note, having good posture has many benefits as well (blog about benefits of posture coming soon).
The easiest way to practice in times of stress or anger is to:
- Close your eyes.
- Inhale the future, exhale the past (breathe in and out slowly).
- Repeating this three or four times can take you back to a state of relaxation and calm.
To make this simple technique even better I like the 4–7–8 breathing technique, also known as the “relaxing breath,” which involves inhaling for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. This breathing pattern aims to reduce anxiety or help people get to sleep.
After seeing many teachers use the Hoberman sphere in their classrooms to help their students relieve stress and release any anxiety that they might have, I had to purchase one for myself (https://amzn.to/2XSK9sz) and try it out for all you guys. Using the sphere has added a visual aspect to the breathing exercises because now I can physically see what my lungs are doing when I inhale and exhale. You can purchase the breathing ball on Amazon.
Please share if you have a different breathing technique and I will update this blog post!