An excellent place to start when attempting to reduce stress is through Deep Breathing Exercises. Experts say that attentive breathing and meditation in daily situations such as getting into your car, pausing at a red light, hearing a church bell, or receiving a text message act as reminders to take a few deep breaths. Deep diaphragmatic breaths provide more oxygen into the body and, as a result, naturally reduce our pulse rate. It’s also a tool that massage therapists use with deep tissue massage customers to infuse oxygen into the muscles, allowing them to dive deeper into those tough knots and release them.
Once you’ve mastered deep breathing, consider incorporating it into your Movement Routines such as hiking, yoga, martial arts, flow arts, dancing, or jogging. Aside from the obvious health advantages of greater bodily movement, the combination of movement and deep breathwork allows you to reach a “flow state,” in which your mind becomes blank and kinetic energy takes over your body, allowing you to connect to your internal energy source more deeply. The more regularly you can connect to your internal energy source, the more you can regulate your stress levels rather than allowing them to dominate you.