December 20, 2021
These days, whenever you’re feeling stressed, frustrated, angry, sad, or really any emotion outside of happiness, the first piece of advice most people are apt to give is, “Have you tried meditating?” But… meditation is complex and not for everyone! That’s why its calming cousin—breathwork—is a great alternative.
Breathwork is an ancient healing technique, with science to back its effectiveness as a calming agent due to its activation of the parasympathetic nervous system. Verses meditation can be more accessible for people to add to their mental health toolbox because it doesn’t require you to battle the voices in your head; instead, it lets your body do the work of bringing you out of past sadness or future fear and into the present moment.
One of the best things about breathwork is that it can be done pretty much anywhere under just about any circumstance, and you don’t need a wide window of time for it, either. In fact, most breath-centric calming exercises show effectiveness in five minutes or less. Below, find 15 such practices to incorporate into your daily routine or lean on in moments of a mental health crisis.
This works with affirmations in place of movement, too. For example, you might exhale to the affirmation, “I am calm,” and then work to elongate the exhale by adding to that affirmation. Try saying, “I am calm and strong.”
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