Deep Breathing for Deep Relaxation

892The next time you are feeling overwhelmed, try deep breathing for relaxation. Breathing from your belly can maximize oxygen intake. With just 5-10 minutes of this type of deep breathing, you can experience deep relaxation.*

Abdominal breathing is easy once you learn to focus on the rise and fall of your stomach (rather than your chest). Inhale through your nose slowly and then exhale through your mouth; continue this cycle until you start to feel more calm and relaxed.

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*http://www.mindtools.com/stress/RelaxationTechniques/PhysicalTechniques.htm
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Take A Deep Breath Before Your Meals

Most, if not all of us, are very familiar with the morning routine of grabbing something quick from the kitchen and running out the door as we eat.  Is this your same routine at work for lunch as well?  For a healthier lifestyle, take time to eat your meals and add a few good deep breaths before you eat.  The increased oxygen your body receives will help aid in digestion, metabolism and the burning of calories.  Your body will be healthier and able to absorb the good nutrients it needs to get you through the day. [1]

Make some time so you can sit down, relax and enjoy your meals.  Take 10-20 deep breathes before you eat so your body can reap the benefits of good nutrition and a little break.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://vitalityincorporated.com/index.php/2010/03/07/3-part-series-on-weight-loss/
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