Four Breathing Practices for Less Stress and More Focus

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Just breathe... Seems to be the most common advice when someone is freaking out, upset, or facing something important. Is it just another inspirational fad found on every piece of art at your local Ross? Perhaps not. Turns out, research shows that deep breathing (using the diaphragm) helps to reduce cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone, which means that deep breaths actually does reduce stress.

Scientific studies continue to showcase the amazing benefits of practicing controlled breath. In addition to stress, studies by the Psychiatric Clinics of North America show that paced breathing has appears to reduce anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, attention deficit disorder, and even schizophrenia.  Therefore, telling someone to "take deep breaths" in order to relax is actually pretty solid advice.

"The mind is the king of the senses, but the breath is the king of the mind." - Hatha Yoga...