Learning to breathe more deeply can be an easy way of boosting your wellbeing. Taking a moment to focus on the sensations of your breath helps calm the mind and move our brains into a state of relaxation. This is a really simple exercise and works brilliantly for when you're in the midst of a difficult day and need a moment to collect yourself.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Try to keep your shoulders down and relaxed, and place a hand on your stomach - it should rise as you breathe in and fall as you breathe out.
- Notice the sound of your breath as it moves through the passages of your nose and throat. Notice the cool feelings on the nose, back of your mouth and throat as the air moves.
- Count as you breathe - start by counting to four as you breathe in, four as you breathe out, then work out what's comfortable for you, it may be slightly shorter or longer.