Your Personal Best, Aug. 13, 2020: Diaphragmatic Breathing
We all know we’re in difficult and trying times, meaning everybody’s dealing with at least a little extra stress and anxiety.
Diaphragmatic breathing is a positive coping technique that can help us relax the body and mind. Here’s how you do it:
Sit in a chair in a quiet room. Place your hands one above your chest and one at your belly. Breathe in through your nose, past your chest down into the belly over a count of four. Gently exhale on a count of four.
Breathe in, breathe out and repeat 10 to 20 times.
This technique releases feel-good chemicals known as beta endorphins, which has a calming effect on the body and mind.
If you feel your stress or anxiety is overwhelming, consult your physician immediately.