6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less
You might also like 15 Easy Ways to Beat Anxiety Now READ Over-worked, under-slept, and feeling pressure like whoa? There are plenty of ways to find calm—without investing in a 90-minute massage. Turns out all you need is a pair of healthy lungs, your breath, and 10 minutes or less. The Need-to-Know Don’t wait until fight-or-flight kicks in before minding the breath. Your Action Plan From the confines of a bed, a desk, or anywhere negativity finds its way, consider these six techniques to help keep calm and carry on. 1. How it’s done: Balance can do a body good, beginning with the breath. When it works best: Anytime, anyplace—but this is one technique that’s especially effective before bed. Level of difficulty: Beginner 2. How it’s done: With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. When it works best: Before an exam or any stressful event. 3. 4.