Produced by Bupa's Health Information Team, January 2009.
This video is for adults who want to learn more about deep breathing exercises.
The way you breathe can affect the way you feel. Through deep breathing techniques this can help you keep calm during difficult or stressful situations.
Sit on a chair or lie down on your back. Get yourself in a comfortable position, loosening your clothing if necessary. Focus on your breathing - feel its rhythm, depth and speed. Put one hand on the upper part of your chest and the other just below your ribs on your abdomen. Slowly exhale. Gently breathe in so that you can feel your abdomen rising under your hand. Exhale for a little longer this time. Feel your abdomen fall under your hand. Pause for a few moments, and then inhale again. Repeat the process.
You'll know that you're following the technique correctly if the hand on your abdomen moves up and down but the hand on your chest remains still.
Not everybody is happy using a deep breathing technique. If you find difficulty focusing in on your breathing, then please stop the exercise.
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Publication date: January 2009