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Stressed and Anxious? Just Breathe

Between your career, family obligations, and whatever else life decides to throw at us, it’s no surprise that we’re overwhelmed and stressed. When stress continues to pile-up, however, it can negatively effect your mind, body, behavior, and mood. In fact, chronic stress can be so harmful that some have begun calling it the “silent killer.”

As I’ve previously written, there are several different ways that you can de-stress. But, what if you don’t have time for a 60-minute workout or can’t wait until the weekend to decompress? The answer is to just breathe.

Breathing techniques can be done anywhere and at anytime. Even better, deep breathing is extremely effective because these exercises can;

  • Relax your muscles.
  • Adds fresh oxygen to your mind which improves concentration and stamina.
  • Drastically lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Releases endorphins that relieve pain and increase feelings of well-being.
  • Helps your  lymphatic system release toxins from your body.
  • Reduces stress hormones in the blood.
  • Improves your immune system.

Ideally, you should speak with an expert, like your doctor or specialist like a psychologist, if you want to start using breathing to combat stress and anxiety. But, I’ve also found this video to be extremely helpful if you need quick stress relief.

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