Raising Fit Kids: Recharge

PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is deep breathing?

ANSWER

It’s a technique to relax. It’s also called belly breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, and abdominal breathing. It can ease stress and lower your blood pressure. Here’s how to do it:

1. Sit or lie in a comfortable place and close your eyes.

2. Put one hand on your belly, just below your ribs, and the other on your chest.

3. Take a regular breath.

4. Now breathe in slowly through your nose. Pay attention as your belly swells up under your hand.

5. Hold your breath for a second or two.

6. Exhale slowly through your mouth. Pay attention as the hand on your belly goes in with the breath.

7. Repeat several times until you reach a calming rhythm.

8. Now add images to your breathing. Picture that the air you breathe is spreading calm throughout your body.

9. As you exhale, imagine that your breath is whooshing away stress and tension.

10. Try to deep breathe for 10 minutes or until you feel relaxed and less stressed. Gradually work your way up to 15-20 minutes.

From: How to Deep Breathe WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The American Institute of Stress: "Take a Deep Breath."

BYU Idaho: "Sleep Hygiene."

Dartmouth College: "Deep Breathing Exercises."

Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publications: "Take a deep breath."

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response."

Kansas State University: "Deep Breathing Exercise."

Pizzorno, J. , Churchill Livingstone, 2006. Textbook of Natural Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

The American Institute of Stress: "Take a Deep Breath."

BYU Idaho: "Sleep Hygiene."

Dartmouth College: "Deep Breathing Exercises."

Harvard Medical School, Harvard Health Publications: "Take a deep breath."

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response."

Kansas State University: "Deep Breathing Exercise."

Pizzorno, J. , Churchill Livingstone, 2006. Textbook of Natural Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

How can deep breathing help you?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.