How To: Do Relaxation Breathing
What You Need
Follow These Five Easy Steps
Sit comfortably in an area that is relatively quiet. Turn off any cell phones or anything else that might disturb you.
Place a small, folded towel under your buttocks. This will make you sit up straighter, which will open up your chest and lungs and allow you to breathe more deeply.
Close your eyes and start to focus on your breathing. Notice how deep or shallow your breaths are.
Tip: The goal here is to focus only on your breath, pushing all other (potentially stress-triggering) thoughts from your mind.
Perform this breathing and focusing exercise for 10 to 20 minutes a day.
For a quick boost in the middle of your day (or anytime you find your stress level rising), take one slow deep breath in, hold it for a count of four, and then exhale slowly.