Deep Breathing for Relieving Stress and Improving Health

deep breathingOften clients come to my San Diego office telling me they are stressed out and want to use NLP and hypnosis as a method for relieving stress. The first thing I usually ask these clients is, “How does stress manifest itself in your life?”

After some probing, they usually give answers like, “I can’t sleep, my head hurts, I have a pain in my neck and back, I get stomachaches,” and other things like this. Maybe symptoms like these are affecting you too.

While hypnosis and NLP can be very effective for relieving stress symptoms, combining them with deep breathing techniques can provide you with a long term solution. That’s because deep breathing can help you tame your autonomic nervous system.

Your Autonomic Nervous System

The stress you feel is a result of you activating half of your autonomic nervous system. Your autonomic nervous system controls all your automatic bodily functions. These are functions such as heart rate, breathing, digestion, etc.

Your autonomic nervous system consists of two parts, your sympathetic nervous system, which controls your stress-response, and your parasympathetic nervous system which is used to calm you down.

Without getting too technical, the reason deep breathing works is because it activates your parasympathetic nervous system and helps to calm you down.

What is Deep Breathing?

Deep breathing has been around since the beginning of mankind and has been taught by groups from many different traditions, including Yoga, Daoism, Buddhism and Zen. Today deep breathing is taught in groups as diverse as women who want to have natural births in hospitals to war veterans in veterans outreach clinics for dealing with post traumatic stress syndrome.

What you need to remember is there is nothing “mystical” in the practice of deep breathing. Deep breathing simply involves exercises that focus your breathing in ways that help you develop certain aspects of your life from a deep emotional level.

Some of the uses of deep breathing exercises are:

  • Developing a calm mental focus
  • Improving your body’s health
  • Entering a state of meditation
  • Focusing on goals

No matter what you’re trying to achieve with your deep breathing exercises, the beauty is it can only help and it doesn’t cost you a thing. Deep breathing is great for exercising both your mind and your body.

Practicing Deep Breathing

Two questions my clients often ask are, 1) when is it appropriate to do practice deep breathing and 2) how often should they be done?

The answer is it really depends on what you want to achieve though your deep breathing program.

Deep breathing exercises can be used at any time for:

  • Relaxing your body and calm your mind
  • Invigorating you and getting you ready for your day
  • Relieving stress in tense situations
  • Calm your mind so you can wind down at the end of your day

For example, first thing in the morning after you wake up you may wish to do some quick deep breathing exercises to invigorate your mind and body to get you ready to go. If you’d like, you can go outside, take deep breaths in through your nose and breathe them out through your mouth.

You can also do this deep breathing exercise sitting in the comfort of your bedroom or anywhere else in you choose. No matter where you are practice doing this for five minutes or so to get you ready for your day.

This deep breathing technique exercises your abdominal muscles and lungs. It brings oxygen deep into your lungs and can make you feel quite refreshed, providing a similar effect to taking an early morning jog.

If things aren’t going smoothly at work or dealing with conflict, you can use deep breathing for relieving these types of stressors. Find a place where you can sit back and relax, (the bathroom works well for this) close your eyes, and take big deep breathes. Hold them in for a count of three and then let them out. Repeat this process until you feel calm and relaxed.

Deep Breathing Health Benefits

If all you’re looking for is a quick pick me up, then you’ll only need to spend a few minutes here and there doing some deep breathing exercises.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to have a long term effect on your mental and physical health, you need to make a habit of practicing your deep breathing exercises throughout your day.

Here are some of the health benefits deep breathing exercises can bring you:

  • Relieving stress
  • Develops your core muscles
  • Aids your digestion
  • Calms your nerves
  • Helps in the elimination of waste and toxins
  • Gives you higher levels of energy
  • Makes you self aware of your body’s functions
  • Reduces your blood pressure

While you can expect your deep breathing practice to result in many of these benefits, your own results will directly depend upon your deep breathing program’s type and frequency.

Start Benefiting From Deep Breathing Exercises Today

From relieving stress to improved health, deep breathing exercises can benefit virtually anyone. The only exception would be if you have respiratory issues.  . Always check with your physician before starting any type of exercise program.

If you would like to start enjoying the benefits of deep breathing then sit back, close your eyes and start enjoy its relaxing effects.  Deep breathing is an easy, effective solution for relieving stress, bringing you inner peace, and improving your life.


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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art. He has combined them into one powerful system that can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking, your behavior and your stress level.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego,CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques in both their business and personal lives to relax and build the life of their dreams.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations on how to use NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as the deep breathing meditation techniques from Qigong for relieving stress.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques for relieving stress then call (619) 293-3255 for your complimentary personalized assessment and action plan. In this session we’ll discuss the goals you wish to achieve and you’ll go away with an action plan packed with information on how to achieve those goals.