Day 14: Practice Deep Breathing
This Valentine’s Day, love your heart by taking a deep cleansing breath. Relaxation techniques and breathing exercises can help slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure. It can also help increase blood flow to muscles. What's not to love about that?
Breathe in the Benefits
Yes, it is possible to bring yourself into a state of relaxation – even when you’re not on vacation. Although it may feel unnatural, spending a few moments a day taking deep breaths can lower your heart rate and stabilize blood pressure.
When you take a deep breath, you bring in fresh oxygen and when you exhale, you release carbon dioxide. Shallow breaths won’t allow the full release of carbon dioxide from the lower part of the lungs.
Create a Routine
- Determine a time and place where you’ll practice your deep breathing exercises. This can be a quiet place in your home, a bench in the park, at your desk or all of the above. Make it a point to stay relaxed as much as you possibly can throughout the day.
- Look out over the scenery in front of you or close your eyes and picture a calm stream, ocean waves rolling onto a shore, a colorful forest, your family and friends, a pet or anything that brings you pure joy.
- Once you’re comfortable, breathe in slowly through your nose and breathe out slowly through your mouth. Remain in this state for about 10 to 20 minutes or as long as you can.
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