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Healthy Habits: 4 Breathing Exercises to Help Get You Through the Day

Whether it’s stress at work or at home, staying on top of our busy schedules can be exhausting. Thankfully, one of the best ways to relieve stress isn’t out at the gym or spa — it’s something you can do anytime, anywhere. Like the breathability of our ultra-comfortable N5 Contour technology styles, breathing exercises can add a much-needed sigh of relief.

4 Breathing Exercises to Help Get You Through the Day

Here are four quick and simple breathing exercises to help you get through your busy day:

Morning Breathing

Start your day off on the right foot with a quick breathing exercise to relieve muscle stiffness and clear breathing passages.

While standing, bend forward with your knees slightly bent and let your arms dangle close to the floor. Inhale slowly and deeply and roll back up to a standing position, lifting your head last. Hold your breath for a few seconds and exhale slowly while returning to the original bent position. Repeat a few times and seize the day!

Stimulated Breath

Adapted from yoga breathing techniques, stimulated breathing can give you an energy boost and increased alertness, similar to how you feel after a great workout.

Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths should be short and equally long, with about three in-and-out breaths per second for 15-second intervals. Breathe normally after each cycle. Add five seconds each time you practice this exercise, until you reach a full minute. Instant energy boost!

4-7-8 Relaxing Breath

This very quick and simple exercise is a natural tranquilizer for your nervous system. Do this at least twice a day to help release tension and even help you fall asleep at night.

With your back straight either sitting or standing, place the tip of your tongue against the ridge behind your upper front teeth. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whooshing sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, then exhale through your mouth with a whoosh sound for eight seconds. Repeat three times for a total of four breaths. Zen achieved!

Meditating Breath

For an overall sense of peace and calm, try breath counting, a simple meditative technique used in Zen practice.

Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Let your breath come out naturally in quiet, slow frequency. To begin, count to one as you exhale. The next time you exhale, count to two and so on up to five. Then begin a new cycle, counting to one on the next exhale. Never count higher than five and count only when you exhale. Try this for 10 minutes as a form of meditation. Continue dominating your day!

What do you do to relieve stress in your daily life?

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