Stress is the number one problem among most people. The main signs of stress are accelerated heart rate, excessive sweating, difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness and increased blood pressure.

There is a good reason why some people can tell you to breathe when you feel stressed or irritated about something. Deep breathing is the best way to increase stress levels and feel relief. When we are relaxed, our breathing is calm and steady. So when we experience stress, deep breathing may relax our body.

In this article, we would like to show you several effective breathing techniques, which can help you reduce stress levels and calm your mind. Are you interested? Scroll down to read how to read more about it.

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The beneficial properties of deep breathing

— This therapy is completely free.

— It requires just five-ten minutes.

— You don't need to buy special equipment.

— It is very easy to practice.

— There are plenty of methods to reduce stress and you are able to choose something that works exactly for you.

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#1. Abdominal breathing

This breathing technique is very easy and it can help you strengthen your diaphragm muscles. You need to sit down comfortably, put one hand on your tummy and one to your chest. Inhale through your nose and allow your tummy to push your hand out.

Don't move your chest. Purse your lips and breathe out, making a whistling noise. The hand on your stomach will go in. Use this hand to push the air out.

Repeat this practice ten times. Don't be in hurry.

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#2. Smooth breathing

Cross your legs, sit down and shut your eyes. Breathe naturally for two minutes. Then inhale slowly and count to four. Stop at the top of breathing for a count of one.

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Then start slowly exhaling for a count of four. Stop again for a count of one before you do this exercise again.

Perform this technique every time you feel stressed.

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#3. Nostril breathing

This method may improve your ability to focus, cleanse your lungs and eliminate anxiety. You should sit down, strengthen your back and shut your eyes.

Breathe deeply in and out through your nose. Cover your right nostril with your right thumb and slowly inhale through your left nostril. Hold your breathing for two seconds. And then repeat this action with the other nostril. Repeat this technique ten times.

All people are different and everyone may choose his own way to relax. It can be breathing, running, walking, watching movies or playing with animals. Anyway, we recommend you to try all of these methods, in order to decide which one is the most effective for you. We wish you good luck!

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The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!

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