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All of us breathe every-couple-seconds every-single-day, so you would think we know how to do this correctly, right? Well, perhaps you should think again. There are some ways to breathe that can make us stressed and anxious, even magnifying feelings of tension. There are other ways that can more quickly bring us to a place of calm. Let’s learn these and how to breathe to release tension stress. Two parts of the body are key to breathing – the nose and the belly.

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Or maybe just pretend you’re laying in this hammock.

Let’s consider the nose. When taking deep relaxing breaths, make sure that each inhale and exhale comes through the nose. Your nose will filter and humidify all the air that comes in. This can help relax the blood vessels to improve circulation in our bodies.

Now let’s focus on the belly. Right above our stomach, we have a muscle called the diaphragm. When this muscle is used, the belly expands, creating even more space in our lungs for fresh air to enter.

Written by Alejandro Serrano Saunders
Written by Alejandro Serrano Saunders

Alejandro is the Chief-Scientific Officer of uMore, the AI-powered mental well-being tracker.

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