Best of 2019: Deep Breathing

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So, as 2019 comes to an end, we are offering a roundup of the year’s most popular DeStress Monday articles. We’ve organized the articles into four core topics, each related to one important aspect of destressing.

This first week’s roundup is all about deep breathing. When you breathe deeply, you are sending a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Check out the articles below and read how breathing techniques can help with the alleviation of stress. Try them out this Monday, and see which method works best for you!

Square Breathing

It’s no secret that deep breathing exercises are a great way to reduce stress. Taking a few moments to concentrate and breathe deeply calms not just the mind but the body. There are several ways to practice deep breathing, but it’s always a good idea to try something new. This Monday, try square breathing when you need to take a moment to settle down.

 For Square Breathing, click here.

Breathe in Light, Breathe out Darkness

You need the right exercises to relieve stress and face the negativity in your life. Combine the two with this breathing visualization exercise. The goal of this exercise is to focus on the good things in your life while moving on from everything that’s holding you back.

For Breathe in Light, Breathe out Darkness, click here.

Deep Breathing for Heart Health

If you ever find yourself needing a quick fix for a stressful situation, deep breathing is one of the most reliable and simple ways to calm yourself down. While focusing on your breath will help you clear your head, the physical act of deep breathing also helps your heart. This Monday, take a few deep breaths for heart health!

For Deep Breathing for Heart Health, click here.

 6 GIFs to Help You Relax

You don’t have to have fancy massages or a vacation abroad to relax – all you need are your lungs! That’s because deep abdominal breathing has been scientifically shown to reduce stress.

To help you breathe deeply, time your breath to these animated breathing graphics and notice the stress drift away.

For 6 GIFs to Help You Relax, click here.