Breathing exercises are one of the easiest methods of stress relief available to you, its free, you don’t need any equipment and it can be done anywhere.
It is strange to think that we have to learn how to breathe correctly; after all breathing should come naturally to all of us.
However when we are stressed we begin to breath differently, this is our body going into the fight or flight mode i.e. preparing us to flee or to have the energy and stamina to fight.
This is great if we are actually in danger but as a general rule our stress is not caused by life threatening situations.
Breathing correctly is important for our general health and also in the reduction of the effects of stress on our lives.
When we are stressed we tend to breathe from our upper chest whereas normal breathing should take place lower down in our abdomen.
Stress can become so much part of our every day lives that we actually get into the habit of breathing incorrectly.
We then have to learn how to breathe properly again to attempt the reduction of our stress levels.
When we do not breathe correctly a chain reaction begins within our bodies which can make us feel unwell or even panicky. Here is the chain reaction:
Although the above signs of irregular breathing are mainly in connection with stress causing us to hyperventilate. Stress can also get us into the habit of breathing from the chest area most of the time rather than from the abdomen. By learning to breathe correctly again we can in fact reduce the effects of stress and prevent the onset of panic attacks and hyperventilation.
Breathing exercises can also be used when panic does start to take control and by regulating the breathing will prevent the panic attack occurring or shortening its length. You can’t be relaxed and have a panic attack at the same time.
This exercise helps you to notice where you are breathing from and whether or not you need to carry out some breathing exercises to regulate your breathing.
The breathing should help to relax you, you cannot panic and be relaxed at the same time.
Here is a video to help you through or prevent a panic attack