Breathe

Day 4 of Mental Health Awareness Month Series

Deep breathing can help us feel calmer, recharged and improve our well being. 

Deep breathing will lower your heart rate, regulating blood pressure, and helping you relax, all of which help decrease how much of the stress hormone Cortisol is released into your body. 

Deep breathing (also known as diaphragmatic breathing) is the practice of enabling more air to flow into your body and can help calm your nerves, reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help you improve your attention span and lower pain levels.

Easy deep breathing exercise

  1. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose. Keep your shoulders released 
  2. Exhale slowly through your mouth as you blow air out, purse your lips slightly, but keep your jaw released
  3. Repeat this breathing exercise. Do it for several minutes until you start to feel better.