Breathing to Reduce Stress

Our bodies have a natural "fight or flight" stress response that happens when we prepare to confront or avoid danger. If we're being chased by a wile animal this stress response is helpful.

 

However, there are too many times when it is invoked by less threatening situations. This extra stress can result in health issues including a reduction in our immune system. This build up of stress can also lead to anxiety and depression.

A focus on one's breathing has been shown to be a valuable tool to reduce our stress response.

Here are several well-known breathing techniques that can help reduce stress.

Coherent

Long slow deep breaths to help you relax and release tension.

4-7-8 

Simple breathing pattern for relaxation and stress reduction.

Square

Four easy steps to bring calm to your present situation.

Ha

Energize your mind and body with a fast exhale.

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