BREATHING EXERCISES

'Deep breathes are like little love notes to your body'


Breathing deeply and slowly is a great and super easy way to lower your physical, mental and emotional stress levels while increasing your cognitive and physical energy levels. The breathing exercises described below are created to activate your parasympathetic nervous system – the part of the nervous system that helps you to relax. An important rule of thumb is that you inhale deeply from your diaphragm (your abdomen should be rising as you inhale and fall as you exhale) and that the length of your exhalation is about twice as long as the length of your inhalation. In this way, your body connects to your 'rest and digest' system instead of the 'flight or fight' mode we often find ourselves in due to the pressures of living modern life.

Sit up nice and tall, shoulders up and back. Roll the Breath Hacker | Aromatherapy Roll-On over the pulse points of your wrists and neck. Hold the bottle under your nose, close your eyes and perform breathing exercises 1 and 2.

The pleasant extra of using the Breath Hacker | Aromatherapy Roll-On in these exercises is that it contains a beautiful synergy of airway clearing aromatherapy oils that will help to sooth and calm the respiratory tract, support easy breathing and aids in maintaining a clearer, healthier respiratory system.

Exercise 1 | Nose-Mouth

  • Take a deep diaphragmatic breath through your nose (to the count of 4) Remember (!) your abdomen is rising as you inhale and falls as you exhale
  • Hold your breath to the count of three
  • Exhale slowly through the mouth to the count of eight
  • Repeat immediately by inhaling through the nose to repeat this breathing exercise.
  • Repeat 3 times

Exercise 2 | Mouth-Nose

  • Take a deep diaphragmatic breath through your mouth (to the count of 4) Remember (!) your abdomen is rising as you inhale and falls as you exhale
  • Hold your breath to the count of three
  • Exhale slowly through the nose to the count of eight
  • Repeat immediately by inhaling through the mouth to repeat this breathing exercise. Repeat 3 times

Exercise 1 | Nose-Mouth

  • Take a deep diaphragmatic breath through your nose (to the count of 4) Remember (!) your abdomen is rising as you inhale and falls as you exhale
  • Hold your breath to the count of three
  • Exhale slowly through the mouth to the count of eight
  • Repeat immediately by inhaling through the nose to repeat this breathing exercise.
  • Repeat 3 times

Exercise 2 | Mouth-Nose

  • Take a deep diaphragmatic breath through your mouth (to the count of 4) Remember (!) your abdomen is rising as you inhale and falls as you exhale
  • Hold your breath to the count of three
  • Exhale slowly through the nose to the count of eight
  • Repeat immediately by inhaling through the mouth to repeat this breathing exercise. Repeat 3 times