Mindful breathing is a simple, practical and powerful exercise that helps to reduce anxiety and stress levels, and bring the body and mind back to a relaxed and calm state.

~ Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 5 to 10 minutes
~ Sit with legs cross-legged and eyes closed.
~ Breathe in through the nose for a count of 5 seconds.
~ Pause for 2 seconds.
~ Breathe out with pursed lips for a count of 10 seconds.
~ Pause for 2 seconds.
~ Repeat

With every inhale, visualise breathing in relaxation and energising oxygen.
With every exhale, visualise breathing out any and all stress that has been taken on throughout the day.
With every pause, relax any tense muscles.

The purpose of breathing is to maintain an ideal balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide within. Too much oxygen, relative to carbon dioxide, creates an agitated state. By prolonging the out-breath, you conserve carbon dioxide and rebalance yourself, and as a result help to bring about a state of calm.

This breathing exercise can therefore also be a remarkably effective tool to counteract anxiety. There are however, three key factors to remember when you’re using breathing exercises to override anxiety, according to Brenda Simpson, President of Breathingwise Inc. based in Pasadena, California, whom is also a trained physiotherapist and Buteyko practitioner who has long had a professional interest in disorders of the respiratory system.

1: the in-breath must occur through the nose.
2: relax any muscles that have tensed up, typically the neck and shoulders.
3: remember the breath holds.

Integrating this quick and simple exercise in to your daily lifestyle can help to bring about a more happy, healthy and therefore naturally beautiful you.

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