First, take a normal breath.
Then try a deep breath: Breathe in slowly through your nose, allowing your chest and lower belly to rise as you fill your lungs.
Let your abdomen expand fully.
Now breathe out slowly through your mouth (or your nose, if that feels more natural).
How do you breathe deeply?
- Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
- Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out.
- Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling.
- Do this breathing 3 to 10 times.
Can deep breathing be bad for you?
The dangers of taking a BIG breath:
Over-breathing or hyperventilation can cause you to expel too much carbon dioxide, which impairs blood flow to the brain. Hyperventilation can lead to a state called hypoxia, low oxygen levels in your cells and tissues.
What does deep breathing do to the brain?
Deep Breathing Fundamentals
As you exhale, your heart rate slows. Repeated deep breaths will naturally bring your heart rate more in sync with your breath. This leads your brain to release endorphins, which are chemicals that have a natural calming effect.
What is the proper breathing technique?
The 5 Simple Principles of Proper Breathing
- Breathe through the nose. Every breath you take should go in and out through the nose.
- Breathe with the diaphragm. The air you breathe in through your nose should go all the way down in your belly.
- Breathe relaxed.
- Breathe rhythmically.
- Breathe silently.