Want to relax faster? Try this breathing technique

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Breathing techniques are awesome, they help you relax and reduce your stress levels. Not only they can do all those amazing things, these techniques may also benefit those who commonly suffer from panic attacks and digestives disorders.

Here, give it a try:

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The GIF is cool, we’re all doing it, but here are three other breathing techniques that may help you.

The Stimulating Breath

This naughty-sounding technique is, actually, very helpful (if it weren’t, why bother sharing it, right?). This technique consists in inhaling and exhaling rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed and relaxed. Remember: they should be in equal duration and as short as possible.

Try for three in-and-out cycles per second. This will help your body produce a quick movement of the diaphragm, like a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle. Start slowly, no more than 15 seconds in your first cycle. Increase 5 seconds after each cycle until you reach one minute.

The 4-7-8 Exercise

Whoosh. Yes, do that sound and completely exhale the air through your mouth. Now, close your mouth and inhale (do it quietly and society will thank you later) until the count of Four. Then, hold your breath to the count of Seven. Remember that Whoosh sound? Exhale all that Carbon Dioxide out of your body to the count of Eight doing that sound and you’re done. Now do it again (three to four times, at least) and you should be as relaxed as…. a relaxed person.

And now, last but not least, saving the best for last, the gran finale, the cherry on the top of the cake…

The Breath Counting

Waaaait a minute. Isn’t this the same things as the 4-7-8 exercise? Look, if it was the same thing, why I would be repeating it? Now that you made me stressed, I’ll show you this last breathing technique so we can all be relaxed without murdering each other. First, sit with your spine straight and your head slightly tilted forward. Now, to begin the exercise, count “one” to yourself as you exhale. Then, the next time you exhale you count “two”, and so on up to five. Done it? Good, now do it again, and again, and again (and again). Once you master this how-to-count-to-five technique, challenge yourself to count to 10, 12, maybe 15.

Not only these techniques are easy to apply, they can be done everywhere, anytime by everybody. Transform your chaotic routine into a stress-free walk in the park.

 

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