Without looking at a dictionary, define breathing. Most likely, you’ll come up with something along the lines of “the most natural human action,” or “we can’t live without it”. Breathing is such a profound yet simple thing, no wonder that there are thousand-year-old practices that explore different breathing techniques and the way they affect our well-being, both mental and physical.

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One of such methods is deep breathing exercises. Quick and easy, they can improve the quality of your life. No need for special equipment or a designated time slot. Practice whenever you feel the need.

First, let’s look at the benefits. Breathing exercises reduce stress levels, that is, tone down your physical response to stress. Less stress means clearer state of mind, better oxygenation of your internal organs, and, yes, less stress also means better bowel movement.

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Here are the steps of a “breathing workout”. Again, they are simple but effective, and you’re free to turn to this technique on a regular basis… or just once in a while.

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Step one. Take a deep, slow breath through your nose, stretch it for about 4-5 seconds.

Step two. Pause and hold it for 16 seconds.

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Step three. Also slowly, over the span of about eight seconds, exhale through your nose.

That’s it! Now repeat it nine times.

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The trick, here, is to make this a conscious activity, so be aware of how your body reacts. If you’re tense - and many of us fail to notice how tense we are all the time because it’s become our natural state - tell your muscles to relax.

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Scan your body, telling each individual part and muscle to relax and release the tension.

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Remember that something that works for others may not work for you, and that’s ok. Maybe you’ll need more time or more practice!

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To keep your mind clear, don’t focus on any particular thought or emotion that pops up. Simply recognize and acknowledge them, without any analysis or judgement, and move on. Keep breathing consciously and slowly, telling your body to relax.

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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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