Take a Breath – the benefits of controlled breathing

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When we become stressed, worried, anxious, our breathing rate tends to increase, which in turn increases our heart rate and the speed at which thoughts tend to race around our head.

A strategy known as controlled breathing can reverse this whole cycle.


Breathe in for a count of 2-3 seconds.

Hold for 2-3 seconds.

Breathe out for a count of 2-3 seconds.

Hold for 2-3 seconds.


Each breath out, remind yourself to relax.

Continue until you experience some calm.

This process of controlled breathing allows your brain to focus on one thing at a time and be in the present moment. If practised regularly, research says that this will raise accuracy rates, improve levels of happiness, and drop stress levels.

So take a deep breath and allow your mind to reset, refocus and hopefully, relax.


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