01 December, 2008

Health Tip of the Day

Most people breathe rapidly and shallowly. Shallow breathing is associated with fear and anger. Breathing slowly is a great portable stress reducer. Deep breathing is a great way to calm yourself and energize your body. When you breathe deeply and slowly, your heart rate will probably slow down and your stress level will likely be reduced.

To increase your oxygen intake during the day, practice one or more of these:

Take time to inhale and exhale slowly from the belly 10 times a day.

Take at least one big deep breath every hour. Notice how much better you feel.

A good deep breathing technique is to sit comfortably, breathe in for 5 counts, hold your breath for 5 counts, and breathe out for 5 counts. Do this for 1-2 minutes.

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