Take a deep breath

Country Living (UK) - - Cl Promotion -

Most of us don’t pay much at­ten­tion to our breath­ing, but tak­ing some time each day to fo­cus on it could help to im­prove our health. Firstly, it’s im­por­tant to do it cor­rectly – not the shal­low breaths we take without think­ing, but slow, deep breaths in through the nose that fill the bot­tom of the lungs and make the stom­ach rise. Th­ese help to re­lease en­dor­phins, the body’s feel­good hor­mones. Stud­ies have found that sim­ple breath­ing ex­er­cises can slow the heart­beat, reg­u­late blood pres­sure, calm the mind and even re­duce de­pres­sion. Sit or lie down some­where quiet, close your eyes and place your hands on your stom­ach. Fo­cus on the rise and fall, breath­ing in for five, paus­ing, then out for five.

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