Shallow breathing is part of the stress response, whilst abdominal breathing helps to control the nervous system and encourages the body to relax.
Take 10 minutes out of your day, set the alarm and find a quiet place.
Sit up comfortably, and put you feet firmly on the ground, back straight, relax your shoulders.
Breathe! Raise your ribcage and expand your chest. Place on hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen.
Breathe! Just notice how your upper chest and abdomen are moving whilst you breathe.
Breathe! Concentrate on your breath and try to just gently breathe in and out of
Breathe! Concentrate on breathing slowly with your abdomen.
Breathe! With each abdominal breath your diaphragm is working more efficiently.
Breathe! With each breath allow any tension in your body to simply slip away.
This is just a simple breathing exercise that can help bring a sense of relaxation. Something I really needed today. I am feeling sore after having some minor surgery to my left eye. I am feeling stressed because Little Miss Popularity is at the Vets having some dental surgery. Plus I still have to continue with all the activities of daily life. So now that I am calm and relaxed I can go pick the boys up from school and hopefully pick up our beautiful fluffy dog
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