Complete at least one 5 min deep breathing session per day

21 Day Wellbeing Challenge, Day #2

Deep breathing also goes by the names of diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration. When you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your nose fully fills your lungs, and the lower belly rises.

Taking just a few moments each day to practice some deep breathing exercises can decrease stress, relax your mind, body and can help you sleep better. Also it can improve blood flow and immunity, increase energy level, reduce inflammation, improve digestion.

To engage in diaphragmatic breathing:

  1. Begin with one hand over your heart and one hand over your belly.
  2. Breathe in through your nose and let the air fill your belly. Keep your hands on your heart and belly and observe how the one on your belly moves while the one on your heart should stay the same.
  3. Draw your navel in towards your spine as you exhale as if you were blowing out birthday candles.
  4. Feel as the hand on your belly slides down to its original position.
  5. Repeat this three to five times to start, noting how you feel after each time.

Remember, deep breathing are like love notes to your body. Deep breathing demonstrates mindfulness, provides essential oxygenation, promotes relaxation and stress reduction, supports emotional balance, and shows self-compassion. It is a way of honoring and caring for your body, fostering a loving relationship with yourself.

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