Sunset Beach, NC and Beyond: Holiday Stress? The Way You Breathe Could Be Causing Anxiety!

Holiday Stress? The Way You Breathe Could Be Causing Anxiety!

Thanks to Sharon Tara we can all take a few moments to learn the proper techniques for breathing.
What do you mean? How is it possible that I don't breath properly?
 
Actually the percentage of people who breathe correctly is quite small, and how we know this is by noticing the amount of people with contracted chests and stooping shoulders, and diseases of the respiratory organs.

It is said those who breath properly have excellent posture from training themselves to breathe properly.

So stand tall and read Sharon's blog and learn to breath .... properly....  De-Stress Yourself Daily.

Holiday Stress?  The Way You Breathe Could Be Causing Anxiety!

Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way of breathing?   Symptoms of breathing the wrong way include fatigue, anxiety, being emotional or irritable, muscle tension, headaches, and difficulty concentrating.  Sound familiar?

Breathing the right way doesn't require drugs, it doesn't cost money, and training your body is quick and very simple.  In no time you can feel calmer and have more energy.  In addition, you will be able to react to stressful situations with more control and a clearer head.  

Are you breathing from your chest or your belly?

"Belly breathing" is the way nature intended...calm and controlled. 

"Chest breathing" simulates the "fight or flight" response.  It's rapid breathing your body is only supposed to use when it senses danger and needs to be ready to fight or run for it's life. 

Chest breathing (diaphragmatic) can be exhausting if it becomes routine.


A quick way to test your breathing:

lay on the floor

 

 Lay on a flat surface (bed or floor) and place one hand on your chest. 

Place the other hand over your belly, just above your navel. 

Take several deep breaths and watch to see which hand is moving up and down. 

If the hand on your chest is moving, your body is wasting prescious energy.


The ideal is for the hand on your chest to remain still and the hand on your belly to be moving.


The Excercise:

test your breathingUse the same position used to test your breathing.  Take a deep breath, in through your nose, raising your belly, and hold for for a count of five.

Exhale through your mouth, lowering your belly, for a count of five. 

Repeat nine more times.

If you are a lifelong chest breather, this will feel very awkward and uncomfortable.  It will get easier with practice.

Do this excercise at least once a day, for a couple of weeks, in a private and quiet location.  Once it becomes natural, you will find you can do it sitting or standing, as needed, to reduce anxiety and tension. 

Taking a five or ten minute breathing break each day will do wonders for your attitude and stamina and add quality years to your life.

 

Holiday Stress?  The Way You Breathe Could Be Causing Anxiety!

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Comment balloon 3 commentsKaren Baker • November 25 2012 02:23PM

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OK...hmmm, I will have to give this a shot.  I never even considered this.  Thanks for the reblog.  

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 7 years ago

Happy to see you found my post share worthy!  Thanks for reblogging!  I wasn't aware of the bonus of improving my posture!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

Brenda ~ Try it you will like it!

Sharon ~> Absolutely ... posture and proper breathing go hand in hand!!

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) almost 7 years ago

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