Stress and You: Breathing By: Sandra Kroft, Professor of Wellness and Health Promotion

“Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” - Amit Ray

Stress is a fact of life.

Too little stress and we feel listless and lack a sense of purpose. Too much stress can lead anxiety and depression, frequent illnesses, and major diseases.

For most of us the concern is too much stress in our lives. So how can we strike a balance of enough stress to keep us motivated and productive but not overwhelmed.

The answer is simple, we learn to breathe...

Breathing is something our body does naturally, without us even thinking much about it. We breathe in and out and our cells and organs are supplied with much needed oxygen. Our bodies automatically respond to the demands we perceive or encounter and increase or decrease our respiration accordingly.

However, breathing to manage our stress and learning to relax takes a bit more practice and effort but the benefits are amazing!

Start with the Basics: Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic Breathing is what most people would refer to as "Deep Breathing" or "Belly Breathing". It's a simple breathing exercise that counteracts the Fight or Flight Response associated with stress. To begin, sit comfortably or.... (insert written instructions here)

Click on the video to see how is it is...

Other Breathing Techniques to Try:

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Ideas for Incorporating

Deep Breathing Into Your Daily Life

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Resources for Learning More...

www.breathbetter.org

www.breathtorelieve.org

Keep in mind the key to relaxation and stress management is practice, practice, practice! Even if it is just for 5 minutes a day, focusing on your breathing can make a difference in your overall well-being and your long term health and wellness!

Works Cited:

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Credits:

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