We live constantly in a hurry, busy, running from one place to another as if every thing we had to do was a matter of life or death. But most of the time it is not like that. We find it hard to realize that, in truth, there are few things that are really worth it. It is enough that we get sick and suddenly the body demands that we stop so that we can become aware of the present moment.
Breathing is an ideal tool to help us reduce anxiety and stress. that can make us physically, mentally and emotionally ill. That's why we will teach you how to do a very simple breathing exercise so you can do when you are coming home after a difficult day, or so that you always have it at hand if you need a moment of stillness.
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Conscious breathing, moreover, is a central component in meditation. There are numerous benefits of this practice, and in fact there are studies that suggest that it only takes 20 minutes a day to start feeling them. Some of them are:
- Reduce worry and anxiety.
- It reduces stress.
- It improves confidence.
- Increase optimism and improve mood.
- Relax the body and clear the mind.
- It develops memory and allows you to concentrate better.
- It improves the immune system.
- It lowers blood pressure.
- Improves breathing and heart rhythm.
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Exercise to reduce stress upon returning home
What is this exercise about? Of a very simple breath where you just have to inspire and exhale, always through the nose. What do you need? Just be in a comfortable posture, with your shoulders relaxed and your back straight.
Now, every time you inhale, count five times, and every time you release the air, eight times. You must do this mentally and at your own pace.
After the fourth repetition, you will notice that stress and anxiety leave to give rise to the calm you need to see things in a more positive way for you.