How To Breathe Easily
WOMAN'S WEEKLY|August 04, 2020
How To Breathe Easily
Try these simple healthy breathing techniques to help control anxiety, improve concentration and sleep – and boost your energy
Tanya Pearey

It’s second nature. Something we do every second of every day with little thought. But how we breathe can actually have a big impact on our health.

‘Breathwork techniques can be used in various situations’ says Dominique Antiglio, an expert in Sophrology, a relaxation method based on breathing techniques. ‘Breathwork only takes a few minutes and is proven to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps to calm the body down from heightened states.’

To boost energy

We’re all prone to daytime slumps, so when you need a natural boost of energy, especially in the afternoon, try this breathing technique to boost your oxygen intake instantly. It will help wake you up.

THE TECHNIQUE: The pump

Do this standing up.

Exhale through the mouth first, vigorously for the entire length of that out breath.

Inhale through the nose to a count of four.

Hold the breath.

‘Pump’ your shoulders up and down vigorously five times to get the blood circulating.

Relax your shoulders.

Breathe out for eight counts through your mouth.

Repeat three times.

To beat stress

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August 04, 2020