By changing the rate and pattern of breathing and helping to manage emotions, breathing exercises can improve mental and emotional well-being.
However, if you have a medical (physical or mental) condition, please consult a medical professional before beginning a breathing practice.
Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body. It contains instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.
2. Articles/Fact sheets:
Relax, Take a Deep Breath
This article provides a brief overview on how breath exercises can benefit individuals and discusses various activities that include breath exercises.
Stress and Relaxation: Quick-fix Breathing Exercises
This Mental Health Foundation guides an individual through a 5-minute slow, gentle breathing exercise to release stress of tension.
Breathing for Relaxation
This podcast leads you through a breathing relaxation exercise.
This podcast leads you through the practice of deep breathing to relax the mind and body.
Breath- Five Minutes Can Change Your Life
In this Ted Talk, Stacey Schuerman, an experienced registered yoga teacher, discusses the importance of breath and leads us through a 5-minute breath exercise focused on slow, gentle breathing.