The ability to manage stress is very important. I noted in a previous post on stress management that when we’re stressed, a hormone called cortisol is released in our body. In the short-term, cortisol helps the brain to cope with life-threatening situations. But when overloaded with cortisol, the brain’s neurons end up firing too frequently end up dying.

Neurons dying.. that doesn’t sound good to me.

One way we can manage our stress and keep cortisol at bay is by simply taking time, several times a day, to stop and take a few deep breaths. Especially when you’re feeling extra stressed – like when you boss just dropped a big load of work on you with a tight deadline!

Simply stop.. take a few slow.. deep – deep in the belly..  breaths. Try to focus on the feeling of the air passing through the nose. What does it feel like?  Does the in-breath feel cool on the skin?  Does the out-breath feel warmer. Focus on those feeling with each breath.  Close your eyes and continue with this for a min.. or two.

There, don’t you feel a little calmer now?  icon wink Stress Management Tip: Take a Few Deep Breaths

Try this deep breathing stress management tip a few times a day for the rest of the week and see if it helps you have a calmer mind.

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  1. It’s amazing how we forget to breathe in the correct manner when we are facing stress. A simple technique that does help!

  2. never knew what a difference DEEP breath could make! ;p

  3. Stress is the emotional and physical tension, it affects to human nature. Because of stress person feels in tension in his life, irritability, inability to concentrate, depression etc. But there are stress management techniques to reduce the stress such as stress exercises, meditation, humor, listening music, yoga, body massage etc.
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  4. There are two methods to automate the deep breathing. The pause breath method and the pavlov method.

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  9. That’s good advice. Not only does the increased oxygen go deeper into the brain, but the brain areas that control breathing are close to the areas that ramp up stress – working with the one can calm the other.
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  10. Very simple, but effective method. My advice? While breathing out, try to focus on the negative impulses leaving your body.

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  12. Thanks for the exercise – i tired it right now and it did make me calmer and less thoughts in my mind as a result.

  13. I know that when I feel bad, stress really helps. Deep breathing, stretching, all that. Stretching muscles is good for the body. At least, that’s what my ex-girlfriend used to say :)

  14. I know that when I feel bad, stress really helps. Deep breathing, stretching, all that. Stretching muscles is good for the body. At least, that’s what my ex-girlfriend used to sayI know that when I feel bad, stress really helps. Deep breathing, stretching, all that. Stretching muscles is good for the body. At least, that’s what my ex-girlfriend used to sayI know that when I feel bad, stress really helps. Deep breathing, stretching, all that. Stretching muscles is good for the body. At least, that’s what my ex-girlfriend used to sayI know that when I feel bad, stress really helps. Deep breathing, stretching, all that. Stretching muscles is good for the body. At least, that’s what my ex-girlfriend used to say

  15. Very simple, but effective method. My advice? While breathing out, try to focus on the negative impulses leaving your body.

  16. Deep breathing did help actually. Thank you for the post, you provided with really great tips and advices. Just like Linda said, sometimes we forget to breathe correctly when we’re facing stress, I feel a lot better now.

  17. Whew! Our stress is just a breath away..lol.
    Find your insight informative and as well as very effective. Indeed deep breathing is just like having an exercise in a very short time. Love it!

  18. Thanks for the exercise – i tired it right now and it did make me calmer and less thoughts in my mind as a result. It really works!

  19. Good and useful info. Thanks

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  21. Very good tip. Hypnotherapy is also a very effective method to relieve stress.

  22. Nice exercise, it really works!

  23. It is funny how our internal feelings and external lives are so interconnected.

    Our feelings are effected by external events, but then how we feel changes how we behave and portray ourselves.

    But this post has great tips, because while we can’t change some of the things that happen to us, we can alter how we react to them.

    Good work

  24. Stress management is so hard to deal with. A few deep breaths aren’t always enough but anything is better than nothing. I think you have done the online community a favor.

  25. Interesting, i do feel more calm when trying the inspiration/expiration tatic but.. does this actually temporarly change your body at the biological level or its just a mental thing?

  26. Thank you for sharing. It is amazing how beneficial breathing techniques can reduce stress. I hope you continue to spread the word, thanks again!

    Diane Shepard

  27. muito interessante

  28. A slow, really deep breath always calms me down! It’s cheap and does miracles : p ahah

  29. òtimo post ! Parabéns

  30. Very interesting !

  31. Nice exercise, it really works! Very interesting!!!!!!

  32. Deep breathing is good for you. How often to you observe yourself and recongise the shallow breathing that often occurs with inactivity. Deep breathing revitalises and it does clear the cobwebs and without sounding stilly, it does replenish much needed air for your body organs.

  33. When we are stressed we should always remember to take a few deep breaths. This is very helpful for all of us. Whether it is a game of chess that stressed you out when you were losing or anything else you can take this advice and try it for a few times a day for the rest of the week.

  34. Me and my friend were arguing about an problem similar to this! Now I realize that I had been correct. lol! Thank you for that information you article.

  35. Stress is the emotional and physical tension, it affects to human nature.It is difficult to manage stress.Because stress can born for many reasons. It’s not a good thing.A man go in wrong way in stress.So It is very important to manage the stress.

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  37. There is a lot involved in stress management, great advice. Thanks!

  38. its effective , its also help to be sleep quickly thanks a lot for this

  39. breathing is a person,s life .this post gives us some information about breathing stress. thanks

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  44. It cannot be eliminated from your life, but it can definitely be controlled. Stress is major culprit for numerous diseases.

  45. Deep breathing several times a day is a good practice to get into if you’re lifestyle is prone to stressful situations. Another way breathing can affect stress levels is when your breathing is interrupted while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition where your airways become blocked while you’re sleeping. Symptoms of this can include many health problems that contribute to stress on your body:http://www.thecpapshop.com/blog/2012/12/getting-a-good-nights-sleep-is-critical-to-an-improved-quality-of-life/

  46. these tips are so well for me . thanks sir

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