Stressed Out? Try This Simple Trick

How can I relieve stress quickly?

This was a question I just recently came across from a member of Dr. Oz’s Sharecare community. (For those of you who do not know Sharecare it’s a platform where follow health experts and I answer members’ question on anything health. I focus on questions related to weight loss and stress).

Let me share my answer. The very first thing to do is to take deep breaths. Just taking a few deep breaths can help reduce tension and relieve stress, thanks to an extra boost of oxygen.  When we’re stressed we tend to breathe too shallowly and that stimulates something called the sympathetic nervous system. What that does is speed up your heart rate. Every wonder why your heart may begin to race when you’re nervous? Now you know why.

Deep breathing, on the other hand, stimulates the parasympathetic reaction, which helps us to calm down.

When you want immediate stress relief try this deep breathing exercise:

  1. Breathe in slowly and deeply, filling your lungs as much as you can.
  2. Hold your breath briefly for a count of three.
  3. Exhale slowly.
  4. Repeat these steps five to 10 times, concentrating on breathing deeply and slowly.

This can help relieve stress quickly and be your first line of defense. Breathing is great for stress and will help you get started, but it’s not the full solution. If you want to get a better handle on your stress sign up for my upcoming teleclass “De-Stress to Boost Your Productivity”.

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