THE ABCDE OF BREATHING

THE ABCDE OF BREATHING

Learning how to breathe properly is one of the most effective tools you have for stress relief. How do you do it?

AWARENESS!

Our breath is under automatic and conscious control. Bring your awareness to your breath.

BREATHE CALMLY

Breathe in a conscious slow, deep and smooth manner through your nose.

DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING

Belly rather than chest breathing with the inhalation and exhalation supports relaxation.

EXHALATION

Exhalation is the parasympathetic or relaxation response while inhalation is the sympathetic or fight or flight response. Breathe out by at least 1 second longer than what you breathe in. Ultimately aim for slow breathing with an in-breath for a count of 4 and an out-breath for a count of 6. Put them all together and you have the capacity to put out the fire of acute stress or lower the simmer of chronic anxiety.

Dr. Philip Blustein

WHY IS THE BREATH SUCH A GOOD OBJECT TO LEARN MINDFULNESS?

The breath is a great object to start to establish mindfulness. No one breath is the same as another breath. Every inhalation and exhalation comes to an end. We don’t tend to personalize a breath and call it our own. In examining the breath we are able to see the true nature of reality. It is always changing and impermanent. Can we also develop the same self-less awareness of the breath for every other object?

– Phil Blustein