In order to both relieve stress and centered your mind, I think it's important to also touch on how breathing impacts our body and health. Beyond just breathing techniques, there's a lot that breathing plays into the mind, aside from the fact that we need it to survive.
To summarize, this is what happens when you have poor breathing habits (yes, that's actually a thing, believe it or not).
So, now you're probably scratching your head and saying “how should I
breathe?” Well, there's plenty of breathing exercises that you can make
use of. Some are designed to cleanse your body; some to reduce your
stress; and so on.
But before looking at exercises, let's first just take a brief look at your breathing habits.
Check Your Breathing
The best way to check your breathing, is honestly to stand in front of a mirror and take a deep breath in. Notice what happens. In particular, I want you to look at all of these things:
From there, here's what you should do next...
Correct Your Breathing
If you've ever watched a baby sleeping on its back, you may have noticed the correct way to breathe. For instance, when breathing in, the baby's stomach rises (expands). When breathing out (exhaling), its stomach goes in. Its shoulders and chest don't move, or if they do move, it's hardly at all.
This is exactly what your aim should be when practicing breathing and trying to correct your breathing overall. Here's a short checklist for what you should notice in the mirror when you breathe in deeply.
Right vs Wrong
A Habit to Carry With You For Life
This may take a while at first, but I promise if you stick to it, it's going to become a healthy and beneficial habit to practice. If you've already adopted this habit, then good! If not, for your own peace of mind, I strongly encourage you to adjust the way you're breathing.
Remind yourself about the way you breathe, every time you…