During difficult moments or times when I just want to feel more relaxed, I turn to my breathing. Without a lot of time or any equipment, breathing exercises can help to relieve stress, boost energy, and achieve a calm, clear state of mind.
If you’d like to explore some different breathing techniques, take a look at this article by Dr. Andrew Weil. He shares three different kinds of exercises: one for stimulating breaths to raise energy and alertness, one for relaxing breaths, and one for breath counting, a meditative technique. Use them when the time seems right or incorporate one or more as a daily practice.
Article by Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Executive Director of Communication Works