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How to Practice Deep Breathing for Stress Reduction

Learn deep breathing for stress reduction from wellness consultant Samantha Ibarguen in this Howcast video.


I'm Samantha Ibarguen and I'm an energy healer and a wellness consultant in New York City. You can find out more about me and what I do at Integrated Wellness —

One of the most important things to do when we're feeling stressed is to breath. When we're feeling stressed we either completely forgets to breathe or we start to breathe shallowly, using only the muscles of the upper chest and breathing only into the top of the lungs. Breathing is one of the easiest and quickest ways to start to reverse the symptoms of fighter flight and to start to get the body into a calmer and more relaxed and a more centered state. So to take a nice deep breath, you want to take your hands and place them on your lower belly, you're going to inhale for a count of five and exhale for a count of five. And you are going to do this five times, or as many time as you need to start feeling calm and relaxed again. When you inhale, you're going to really make sure that your diaphragm drops down into your belly. It's okay to have Buddha belly at this moment, and this is going to gently push your hands away from your body. And that's how you know that you're really breathing into the bottom of your lungs and really using the full capacity of your lungs to get a nice deep breath.

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