Take a deep breath
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.