All kidding aside, there are 2 very simple ways that you can reduce your stress levels – right now – by breathing better for a minute or two.
Method #1 – Great while you’re at the office:
Put one hand on your stomach area, just under your ribcage, and one on your chest. Inhale deeply through your nose into your stomach, so that your tummy expands as you inhale. If you’re doing this correctly, the hand on your stomach should move much more in comparison to the hand on your chest as you inhale.
Once you get comfortable with this, then practice inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. As you get more comfortable, close your eyes as you continue inhaling through your nose, and exhaling through your mouth. See if you can exhale in twice the amount of time it took you to inhale.
Note that the breaths should be comfortable, yet you should be inhaling and exhaling more deeply than you normally do.
Doing this for even just 60 seconds will help remove toxins from your body, help your relaxation response kick in, and calm your heart rate. Incorporate this method during your breaks, and see how much more focused and calmer you feel, even during those hectic periods.
Method #2 – Great when you have a few minutes to yourself:
Known as the “cleansing sigh”. Begin by sitting comfortably, though with relatively good posture (no slouching). Inhale deeply, and then, as you exhale, let yourself sigh.
Repeat a total of 10 times, and as you get comfortable doing this, let your shoulders drop as you exhale. This method will also help you let go of pent up anger and frustration as well.
Spending 1-2 minutes a day doing some deeper breathing can help your body and mind serve you better.
I hope this is helpful, and would enjoy your feedback.