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March 8th, 2011 >> Relaxation and Stress
Do you do deep breathing when you get stressed or anxious? It seems to be an instinct that we usually do this whenever we are in stressful situations. Breathing exercises make you relax since they give your body the feeling of being relaxed.
Also, breathing exercises help the body achieve the amount of air it needs to carry out various processes. This may also explain why it is important to do deep breathing in times of stress when the demands for oxygen increase to keep up with your physical activity.
Deep Breathing and Relaxation
Have you noticed how your body feels after breathing-in deeply when you are tired or exhausted? Think of how you feel when you do deep breathing before you fall asleep or upon waking up. You might have noticed how it relaxes your body and even your mind just by doing so. This is because it sends the brain a message to relax. In turn, the brain will release electrical signals for the body to calm down.
Deep Breathing and Stress
When you are under stress, the body compensates by increasing its level of functioning to meet up with the needs. The heart beats faster, the production of hormones becomes faster and your brain even works double-time. If this continues for a long period of time, you may reach the point of exhaustion. This is when illness sets in.
Deep breathing technique is a proven approach against stress. It allows your brain to command your vital organs including the heart and the lungs to relax after vigorously doing their work all day. It may cause your increased blood pressure, rapid breathing and heart rate to lower down.
Here is How It is Done
First, place one hand on the chest and the other above your belt line. This may help you to know if you are using the right muscles and body parts during this exercise. This time, you have to sigh gently by opening your mouth. This will help your muscles relax and not really to exhale the air in the lungs. Pause for several seconds with your mouth closed.
Using the nose, inhale slowly. The stomach must be pushed out during inhalation. This will allow the air to reach the lower lobes of the lungs where the oxygen binds with the blood to be transported to the body. When you get the enough air to fill your lungs comfortably, stop. Pause and count from 1 to 10 or until when you can tolerate holding your breath. Just be careful that you don’t experience light-headedness. This may be a sign that you are having larger breaths compared to what your body is used to. This is just a signal though that you need to do the breathing more slowly.
Now, you have to exhale. Open your mouth and let out the air through it with your belly moving inwards. This facilitates the exhalation of the air in the lungs. You need to pause after exhalation just before you start with the inhalation and do the steps all over again.
Everyone dreams of a good life. This may be subjective because each person has his own problems to solve and challenges to face. There are just lots of stresses in life. Life is a hard path to take but not all the time. For sure, there are more positive things than the negative. One way of enjoying life is to rest for a while and relax. After days of work, you’re looking forward for offs and vacations so you can slow down and forget all your stresses.
The Importance of Rest
Rest refers to the ability of the mind and body to relieve stress and feel calm. You can do this a few minutes of your break-time or at night after work. Short hours of rest is not enough. You need a minimum of a day or two to get loose and bring back the motivation in you. Take some time to rest by sleeping at least 8 hours. Dig in your favorite sport or hobby during the weekend and enjoy playing. Go shopping with your friends if it makes you feel good. Indulge over good food in known restaurants with your loved ones. Drink good wine and eat delectable food. This promotes balance in your life and prevents you from getting exhausted and burnt out in your work.
Rest Isn’t Enough. Relax
You have rested and enjoyed it but there’s more. You deserve leisure and pleasure. You can do this by relaxing. The best way to relax is to have a wonderful vacation. It may be just a few hours from home, in another town or country or anywhere you want to spend your extra time in. For months or even years, you have been confined in the 4 walls of your home and office. You need to experience a delightful getaway and experience the bliss of life. You can go to the beach with your family. The sun, sand and breeze can make your forget major blunders in your career. Visit theme parks like Disneyland with your kids and laugh all those difficulties you had faced. Tour to beautiful cities and countries and experience varied cultures not similar to yours. If you just want a nearer place, you can go fishing, read a good book, watch great movies or stay in a hotel with your loved one. You will definitely feel relaxed with the hotel’s services and you get to eat good food.
By learning how to get enough rest and relaxation at the same time, you can enjoy and live a good life. Life is just short and you don’t know when it will end. While you still can and while you’re still alive, you deserve to all the pleasure there is in the world. Life is not all about working hard. You need to rest for a while and relax to keep you going. People who don’t find time for leisure are prone to depression and sickness. Live healthily and happily because you have the right to do so.