Try belly breathing…
- Close your eyes and imagine your stomach as a balloon. You can put your hands on your stomach if you’d like.
- Take a slow, deep breath in for 3 counts and envision the balloon expanding (push-out your stomach) as your lungs fill with air.
- Hold for 3 counts.
4. Slowly release your breath for 3 counts and picture the balloon slowly deflating.
5.Repeat until you feel relaxed and calm.
Research has shown that regularly practicing meditation, mindfulness, and/or breathing strategies reduces a person’s stress levels and anxiety, while improving attention and focus.