The field of breath work continues to evolve, although its roots are in eastern practices like yoga, Tai Chi, and Buddhism. Breathing exercises are effective techniques to reduce stress, regulate mood and promote deeper breathing for better health by exhaling completely. Give it a try. Start by practicing any of these techniques consciously.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique is great to use when you feel stressed or tense because it can help to calm the nervous system, clear the head of distractions and reduce stress.
All of the suggestions above can be learned. To schedule a visit with an EAP counselor, either by phone or in-person, call Behavioral Healthcare Options at 1-800-280-3782, TTY 711.