Deep abdominal breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, is the practice of using deep and slow breaths to help slow down your breathing pattern.
Why is this important?
Because we can actually slow our heart rate, blood pressure and system down which is a healthy benefit for our bodies.
What is deep abdominal breathing?
With deep abdominal breathing we learn to use our diaphragm correctly, promoting more efficient breathing.
It is an effective stress management tool that is safe, requires minimal to no space, and is easy to learn and practice.
How To Perform Deep Abdominal Breathing
- Find a comfortable sitting or lying down position.
- Place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage. This will allow you to feel your diaphragm move as you breathe.
- Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves against your hand. The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.
- Tighten your stomach muscles, letting them fall inward as you exhale. The hand on your upper chest must remain as still as possible.