Updated: Oct 4
When you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your nostrils fills your lungs to their maximum capacity. Have you noticed a baby breathe? We are born knowing how to breathe normally. When we are stressed, our breath becomes shallow, and many of us have started breathing shallow all the time, this limits the diaphragm's range of motion and the lower parts of the lungs do not get the oxygen they need. This can cause more stress, anxiousness, and a shortness of breath. Deep abdominal breathing practice encourages full oxygen exchange. To benefit from this, practice deep breathing for 5-10 minutes twice a day. Once you have established a routine, you may add a guided imagery or visualization. It is highly recommended to check in from time to time, throughout the day, and see how you are breathing. Then taking 3 deep belly breaths. This exercise can be done while sitting or lying down, so it is a perfect bedtime ritual which will also aid in improving the quality of sleep.