Being stressed out is not something new. It is important to know and use the ways to come out of it as quickly as possible.
While stress can be caused due to some “real underlying problem”, it is essential to solve the problem so it can get rid of the stress caused. However, there are always methods to cope up with the emotional issues that one is facing, which come in handy when one needs to feel better instantly.
Belly breathing is one such technique that de-stresses you and provides relaxation to the overall system, which is basically your mind and body. It is a technique that engages diaphragm also known as Diaphragmatic Breathing, or in easier terms, Stomach Breathing. Well, diaphragms are primarily responsible for respiratory function.
If you are wondering what the diaphragm is, the diaphragm, which is below the lungs, is basically the major muscle of respiration. It is a large, dome-shaped muscle that contracts rhythmically and continually, and most of the time, involuntarily. Upon inhalation, the diaphragm contracts and flattens and the chest cavity enlarges.
Why is belly breathing essential?
Belly breathing is necessary because it involves the stomach, abdomen, and diaphragm while breathing.
Normally when we breathe the breath is shallower compared to the focused breathing that we do in the “belly breathing” method. When we consciously include the diaphragm in the breathing, it helps to fill up the lungs efficiently and provides more oxygen supply to the body. While exhaling, the diaphragm relaxes and helps move air out of the lungs. Practicing belly breathing is effective for anxiety treatments, relaxation therapies, stress management, breathing exercises, and overall both mental and physical health.
Here are a few benefits of belly breathing:
- It is really great exercise for people suffering from asthma or COPD.
- It helps in oxygen exchange that promotes incoming oxygen and outgoing carbon dioxide.
- This helps in lowering blood pressure.
- It can be used as a good tool for stress management.
How to perform Belly Breathing?
- Sit or Lie flat in a comfortable position
- Place one hand on the chest and the other on the belly
- Inhale deep and slow
- Observe your stomach expand
- Exhale slowly through mouth
- Repeat this every day
Belly breathing exercise can be practiced early morning when your stomach is light, for its effective results. It can also help to boost metabolism, lower heart rate, and resolve breathing issues.
This exercise is beneficial for you, however, we advise you to take suggestions from a physician in order to add diaphragmatic breathing to your treatment plan.
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