at One offer practical stress management tips with this interesting article on how to get more oxygen to the grey stuff.
How many times have you heard the expressions “take a deep breath” and “breathe through your diaphragm”?
If you’re not really sure how to, try this exercise:
Start by lying on the floor on your back. (This will make it easier to develop the proper deep breathing technique the first couple of times.)
If you are at work, then try and sit up as tall as you can, to allow the diaphragm to open up.
- Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your belly just above your waist.
- Breathe in slowly through your nose.
- You should feel the hand on your belly rise.
- Breathe out slowly through your mouth. The hand on your belly should gradually lower.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 a few times, then focus on allowing your ribcage to expand and widen as your belly moves out, so that you are filling up your entire lungs, from bottom to top.
Breathing easy for the better.
You don’t need to breathe like this all the time.
But taking a few deep breaths periodically throughout the day helps you absorb more oxygen.
And more oxygen means your body can work better — and you’ll feel better both mentally and physically.
Practicing correct breathing is also a good way to simply cope with everyday life:
Increase your energy after a tiring day at the office.
Be more alert even without a caffeine fix.
Focus better when everything seems to be happening at once.
Improve blood circulation so that your bones and muscles get more nutrients.
Reduce your symptoms of stress, especially when you feel like your heart is racing a mile a minute.
Relieve pain — like after stubbing your toe.