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If you saw my live today, you will have seen a demonstration of live breathing practices. If you found it useful, which I hope you did, you can fit that in at any time. Below I have added some more ideas if you would like to try them. Anne x

Breathing exercises don’t have to take a lot of time out of your day. It’s really just about setting aside some time to pay attention to your breathing. Here are a few ideas to get started:

Begin with just 5 minutes a day, and increase your time as the exercise becomes easier and more comfortable. If 5 minutes feels too long, start with just 2 minutes. Deep breathing Deep breathing helps to relieve shortness of breath by preventing air from getting trapped in your lungs and helping you to breathe in more fresh air. It may help you to feel more relaxed and centered. To do this: While standing or sitting, draw your elbows back slightly to allow your chest to expand. Take a deep inhalation through your nose. Retain your breath for a count of 5. Slowly release your breath by exhaling through your nose. Diaphragmatic breathing Belly breathing can help you use your diaphragm properly. Do belly breathing exercises when you’re feeling relaxed and rested. Practice diaphragmatic breathing for 5 to 10 minutes 3 to 4 times per day. When you begin you may feel tired, but over time the technique should become easier and should feel more natural. To do it: Lie on your back with your knees slightly bent and your head on a pillow. You may place a pillow under your knees for support. Place one hand on your upper chest and one hand below your rib cage, allowing you to feel the movement of your diaphragm. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling your stomach pressing into your hand. Keep your other hand as still as possible. Exhale using pursed lips as you tighten your stomach muscles, keeping your upper hand completely still.

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