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Breathing for Focus and Stress Relief

By Sara Butler

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to simply take whatever stress comes your way. It’s important to understand that too much stress can have a big impact on your body, your health, and your wellness. Here is a simple exercise you can use to help you learn to better manage stress and not let it get the best of you at the moment.

Breathe

This relaxation exercise can be done just about anywhere -- but you should probably avoid it while driving! Take a slow breath in to fill up your lungs, making sure to inhale deeply so it feels as if you’re inhaling right into your lower belly. Then make sure to expand your chest before you exhale. The simple act of slowing your breathing can help to create feelings of relaxation and calm.

Concentrate on Your Body

As you’re controlling your breathing, pay attention to how it’s making your body feel. Do you feel like you’re warm or cold? Do you feel sensations of pressure? Identify both positive and negative things about how you’re feeling and go with them.

Refocus

As you’re letting your body sensations sink in, go back to your breathing. Think about the air that’s filling your lungs as you breathe in and out. Keep breathing in and out as you continue to focus on the act of simply breathing. Let calm wash over you and don’t stop until you feel calmer.

Carry On!

This exercise is quick to help you calm down when you’re feeling particularly stressed. When you feel at peace and much calmer, you can stop and simply rejoin the world around you. You should feel a renewed sense of focus and calm after completing this exercise. Try to maintain these feelings throughout the day. If you notice stress starting to creep up on your again, then go back through the steps until you find calm again.

There are so many ways to deal with stress, this exercise is just one. But make no mistake that you must find practical ways to address your stress levels so that stress doesn’t start to impact your health. Add a proper diet and exercise to your relaxation exercises and you should be on your way to feeling like you have more control over the stress in your life!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lynnwood, Wash.

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