Having a simple and easy breathing exercise in your toolbox for dealing with stressful situations can help you quickly relax and calm your body. Our bodies respond to stress in the same way whether it is physical or emotional. If you are under constant emotional stress from difficulties at home, school, or with friends it can feel like you have been working out all day. Your heart rate is high and you are breathing quickly and heavily. Using the breathing exercise below can help you let go of the stress from the day and bring your body back to a more relaxed state.
There are several different types of breathing exercises you can do to calm yourself. The most important thing is to have a strategy available to use when you need it.
All of these can be done quietly and no one would ever know you’re taking a moment to relax and unwind.
Pause to take a breath and reflect on the following questions:
- What situations make you feel the most stress? How do you normally deal with this stress?
- What happens to your body when you feel stressed?
- How can this breathing exercise help you deal with the stress that you feel?
- When do feel like using a breathing exercise would help you the most?