"Deep breathing is an easy way to relax and let your worries go. You can do it pretty much anywhere, and it only takes a few minutes. It helps ease stress; can lower your blood pressure and relax tense muscles. How to: 1. Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down. Choose a spot where you know you won't be disturbed. If sitting, keep your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. Close your eyes.
2. Place one hand on your belly, just below your ribs. Place the other hand on your chest.
3. Take a regular breath.
4. Now take a slow, deep breath. Breathe in slowly through your nose. Pay attention as your belly swells up under your hand.
5. Holding your breath, pause for a second or two.
6. Slowly breathe out through your mouth. Pay attention as the hand on your belly goes in with the breath.
7. Do this several times until you have a calming rhythm.
8. Now add images to your breathing. As you inhale, imagine that the air you're breathing is spreading relaxation and calmness throughout your body.
9. As you exhale, imagine that your breath is whooshing away stress and tension.
10. Try to deep breathe for 10 minutes or until you feel relaxed and less stressed. Gradually work your way up to 15-20 minutes.
If you're frazzled and don't have 10 minutes to de-stress, even a few deep breaths can help. Once you've practiced it a few times, a mini-version of this exercise can help ease tension. Just imagine that each breath is sweeping away stress, and you may calm your anxiety in just a minute or two.
Try to schedule time for deep breathing every day.” Source: @