Deep Breathing

Rich JacobsArticles, Health

Breathe Deeply to Reduce Stress

Taking deep breaths throughout the day can help reduce both stress and anxiety.  Several studies have shown that deep breathing can reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone that leads to fatigue, weight gain, and also sleeplessness. If you struggle with weight loss or sleepless nights, start taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Breathing deeply can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and it also calms the nervous system.  During times of stress, close your eyes and take ten deep breaths. You should feel much more at ease. If you still feel on edge, take ten more deep breaths.

We all struggle with stressful days, but taking a few deep breaths is a fast, easy way to take back control.

So take a deep breath and relax.


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