- Stress management
- Improved mental health
- Enhanced overall health
Breathing deeply can help reset the parasympathetic system, which is the system in the body that creates calm. This results in both physical and mental health benefits. On an emotional level, deep breathing can ease anxiety and depression. On a physical level, it can enhance digestion and immunity, improve sleep and even reduce feelings of pain. Now that’s a powerful tool!
This Action Step is ideal for Thrivers who find themselves in pretty stressful situations throughout the week. Deep breathing is a simple way to rejuvenate and recharge. So we hope you pick this Action Step Thriver!
During this Action Step you will be taught how to do several simple deep-breathing techniques. But first, we’ll ask you to assess your breathing.
Why It Works
Deep breathing has been proven to be an effective stress management technique for many individuals. It can help ease both physical and mental effects of stress.
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Valenza MC, Valenza-Pena G, Torres-Sanchez I, et al. Effectiveness of controlled breathing techniques on anxiety and depression in hospitalized patients with COPD: A randomized clinical trial. Respiratory Care. 2014;59(2):209-215