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This Simple, Short Breathing Exercise Will Be Your Best Friend When You're Stressed

PopSugar logo PopSugar 17/05/2018 Gina Florio

Breathing Exercise For Anxiety © Unsplash / Vladislav Muslakov Breathing Exercise For Anxiety It may sound cliché, but when I'm really stressed out, I like to find a quiet area and meditate for a few minutes. There are so many different kinds of meditation you can do, but there's one in particular I love, and it's the same one I recommend to my clients. 

This breathing exercise is called Nadi Shodhana, and it's usually referred to as alternate nostril breathing. It's a powerful technique that can help you relax the mind, calm the nervous system, and clear your nasal circulation.

(Representational image) © Provided by Shutterstock (Representational image) This is how it's done. 

  • Take a comfortable, tall seat with your spine straight.
  • Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths through both nostrils.
  • With your right hand, rest your index finger and middle finger in between your eyebrows as a light anchor.
  • Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale slowly through only your left nostril for a count of five.
  • Before you exhale, pause. Release your right nostril and close your left nostril with your ring finger.
  • Exhale slowly through your right nostril for a count of five.
  • Pause at the bottom of the exhale.
  • Inhale through your right nostril for a slow count of five.
  • Pause at the top of the inhale, release your left nostril, and close your right nostril.
  • Exhale slowly for a count of five through your left nostril.
  • This time, inhale through your left nostril, and so on and so forth.
  • Repeat this five to 10 times, breathing as slowly as possible.

It might be very difficult at first to breathe that slowly, but you'll get used to it after a while.

You can do this exercise anytime you feel stressed out or anxious.

Related: Eat to beat stress: 10 foods that reduce anxiety (provided by Men's Fitness)

1. Asparagus: Depression has been linked to low levels of folic acid, and one vegetable that boosts this mood-enhancing nutrient is asparagus. A single cup provides two-thirds of your daily value, and it’s easy to fit asparagus into almost any meal. Some ideas: Sauté some asparagus tips for a tasty omelet. Go with steamed or grilled spears as a side vegetable for meat, fish or poultry. Snack on some steamed spears by dipping in some dressing.20 fittest foods >>> Eat to beat stress: 10 foods that reduce anxiety

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