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Belly Breathing

A simple breathing style to combat stress

When you are stressed, your body reacts by breathing differently. This happens because, when you are stressed, your breathing gets faster and shallower as your body prepares for action.

This way of breathing can become a habit, and sometimes people can experience uncomfortable physical symptoms such as tingling, dizziness and muscle pain. Small children, on the other hand, breathe beautifully from their bellies. A simple way to relax is by copying their simple but effective relaxed belly breathing.

In an ideal, quiet, peaceful world, this would be our natural breathing style. In the real world, the technique still helps prevent stress building up.

It is quick and easy to do and you can do it anywhere.

Learning how to do Relaxed Belly Breathing

It is important to practise this exercise often at first.

This breathing technique can feel odd in the early stages of learning because it is the opposite of what we usually do when taking a deep breath.

Some useful tips for Belly Breathing

For instance: every time you take a break, make a drink or go to a certain part of the house, stop and take one or two relaxed breaths. If your watch has an alarm function, you could set it to remind you at regular intervals.

You don't need to stop what you are doing to breathe in a relaxed way.

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