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How do Breathing Exercises Work to Relieve Stress?

We often hear that breathing can help reduce stress. But how exactly do you do that type of breathing? Obviously it is different from our everyday breathing, so how do you do it? This is a great article from Dr. K (Dr. Anthony Komaroff is a practicing physician, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Editor in Chief of Harvard Health Publications) where he teaches you why this breathing works and then a really simply way of doing it.

Stress reduction techniques definitely can reduce your level of stress. The best-known technique is the “relaxation response” first popularized by my colleague here at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Herbert Benson. These techniques have given all of us a weapon against stress.

That’s valuable because stress can take a toll on body and mind. Over time, stress can contribute to high blood pressure, depression, diabetes and other health concerns. The good news is that by regularly practicing relaxation techniques such as breath focus, you can reduce the negative effects of stress.

Breath focus is a simple yet powerful technique that can elicit the relaxation response, a state of profound peace and rest. Breath focus depends on learning to breathe deeply and properly.

picture of the lungs inhaling and exhaling

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