It seems simple enough, but it’s actually quite a complicated ordeal. When we’re stressed, we tend to take shallow breaths from the chest, rather than from the diaphragm—and that can have actually make things worse (and even impact your posture and set you up for other physical issues).
On the other hand, harnessing the power of your breath can help you feel calmer and way more relaxed. And you don’t have to sit around for 20 minutes at a time focusing on your breathing or take a yoga class.
These five simple breathing tricks can help you kick start calm mode no matter where you are, promises Belisa Vranich, Ph.D., founder of The Breathing Class.
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