Why are breathing exercises helpful?

This is an introduction to my 5 minute breathing exercises course.
Stress fuels some of the biggest health problems of our time, with latest figures showing one in three people suffering from symptoms like fatigue, pain, tension, depression, anxiety and an inability to concentrate.
Working with your breath is one of the most powerful and proven methods to help relax your nervous system, energise you when tired, increase your focus, calm your mind and improve your sleep.
The breathing exercises I teach in this short course will start to make you feel better immediately. You can do them sitting or lying down. If you want to do them for longer, just repeat the video or keep going after the video stops. If you find 5 minutes too long, stop sooner and build it up more slowly.
It helps to set a regular time to practice them - for example, you could try a grounding breath exercise when you first sit down at your desk or take 5 minutes before an important meeting to boost your focus.
There are breathing techniques to calm you down, or to energise you, to help you focus, or to help you fall asleep. It鈥檚 a good idea to repeat all the different exercises a few times, so you can get to know which works best for you. When you have learnt a few different techniques you can begin to use them as tools for certain situations during the day.
Please note - If you are pregnant, or have high blood pressure, don't hold your breath for longer than 2 counts during any of the suggested breathing exercises.

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