Remembering to check in on your mental health is an important part of your overall health and wellness. Taking the time to step back and relax, calm your mind and body, and ‘just be’ are great ways to check in on your mental health and de-stress. One way to do this is deep breathing, which has shown to have many positive effects on our body and mind.
Our body relaxes as we breathe deeply, which can relieve any sensation of stress and diminish negative emotions. Deep breathing naturally slows your heart rate so it is more in sync with your breaths, providing a calming effect. Deep breathing also increases oxygen in your bloodstream, decreases your blood pressure, reduces tension, and even helps to reduce pain. As a prominent part of meditation, deep breathing can help you find a calm space, helping improve your overall health.
Diaphragmatic breathing, sometimes called belly breathing, is an exercise that can be done anywhere to bring these positive effects to your body and mind. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or just in need of some time to bring your mind and body back in sync, try this short belly breathing exercise.
If you want additional ways to de-stress, try guided relaxation sessions. Check out our Hospital’s ‘Namaste with Dave’ videos at www.tbrhsc.net/relax. Options are available for 5, 15, and 30 minute vidoes.
Content from this article can be found in our Hospital’s 2020 Staff Health and Wellness Calendar. To date, the Calendar has featured over 300 staff members from all areas and disciplines of our Hospital, capturing the many ways they choose to stay healthy.