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Breathing excercise

Author: Jackie Tasker
Published: Apr 1 2008

Find somewhere comfortable to lie down, or to sit, somewhere you won't be disturbed for 5-10 minutes.

Lie on your back, or sit back, in a comfortable position. Relax, and close your eyes.

Breathe normally and take notice of your breathing.

Place your hand on your stomach ? does it rise as you breathe in? If not, the breaths you are taking are shallow ones.

To breathe more effectively, slowly breathe in through your nose letting the breath raise your stomach, not your chest. Breathe in for a count of 5.

Then, slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of five while gently pushing your hand down on your stomach.

Repeat this for 10 breaths.

If you begin to feel anxious, light headed or dizzy, repeat for only as long as you feel able.

As you become more comfortable with this exercise you can increase the number of breaths to suit your requirements.

Also, on the exhale breath you can choose to say a word to further help you to relax e.g. ?calm? or ?relax? or choose any relaxing word that suits you.

Once you are ready to finish deep breathing, open your eyes and slowly become aware of your surroundings again.

When you are ready, get up slowly, and move as normal.

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