The COVID-19 pandemic has us all facing unfamiliar and uncertain times. As we spend more time at home, trying to juggle work and family obligations while keeping ourselves and loved ones safe and healthy, wouldn’t it be great if there were a switch we could flip to lower our stress levels? Fortunately, our very own breath may be able to do just that.
When we take a moment to slow down and consciously think about the rhythm of our breath – inhaling slowly through the nose and exhaling through the mouth – we may be able to naturally reduce stress. Studies have shown that levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with anxiety and depression, decrease with deep breathing. We can also help lower our blood pressure and heart rate by taming the adrenaline released under stress.
The next time tension begins to creep into your day while you are home, take some deep breaths to calm your mind and body. See which of the three techniques demonstrated in this video work best for you.
This information is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice. You should consult your own doctor and/or an appropriate professional to determine what may be right for you.
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