Health & Wellness
Stress Management starts with learning to breathe using a proper abdominal relaxing breath. So often we hear people say “take a deep breath and relax”. I am a nurse and have said this often myself. However, when I have asked people to do this I have observed that they throw out their chest, take a deep breath, clinch their jaw and tighten up the muscles in the neck and shoulders.
Taking a breath this way is anything but relaxing. When we take a breath that causes us to throw out our chest and tighten our neck and shoulder muscles it allows the body to respond by tightening up the stomach and pushing out the chest.
This method causes the diaphragm to be pushed upward decreasing the size of the two lower lobes of the lungs as the upper lobes of the lungs expand. The problem with this breath is that less oxygen enters the lower lobes of the lungs. It is a problem because the two lower lobes of the lungs actually have more blood vessels and more alveoli (air sacks) than the upper lobes. Therefore, less healing and relaxing oxygen is getting from the lungs into the bloodstream and into the body.
More tension is being developed in the neck, the shoulders and the jaw. This type of breathing results in more tension and stress.