Did you do any shopping this week? Any driving? Any work? You could probably use a deep breath then. The world outside seems to be rushing by at an incredible rate, many things to do and places to be crowd the calendars, work demands, relational hardships, financial struggle… any or all of these can contribute to chronic stress responses in the body. More and more, we learn that chronically elevated levels of stress response chemicals can precipitate a wide variety of ailments making stress reduction an imperative piece of a healthy lifestyle. One of the simplest techniques to reduce stress is deep breathing.
Just taking a few seconds to take a deep breath can make quite a difference in one’s outlook, emotions, and physical responses to a stressful situation. According to an article from The Nourished Life, deep breathing can benefit in the following ways:
Your muscles relax.
Oxygen levels improve.
Your blood pressure lowers.
Endorphins are released.
Check out the details on these benefits by reading the rest of the post here. Also, check out techniques for deep breathing and how to incorporate it into your daily routines.