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Stress Management Tip: Take a Few Deep Breaths

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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41 thoughts on “Stress Management Tip: Take a Few Deep Breaths”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  5. 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/

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