Breathing exercises: Help reduce stress and anxiety

Sometimes instead of reaching for nicotine, you can try to use natural remedies to reduce stress and fight off cravings. Breathing exercises can be a natural way to relieve stress and ground yourself.

Breathing Exercises: Tips to remember

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to effectively use breathing exercises to help reduce stress and anxiety while fighting the craving to use nicotine.

When beginning breathing exercises remember these tips to get started.

1. Be gentle. Never strain.
2. Wait at least one hour after eating to do breathing exercises.
3. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight. (Some of the exercises may
also be done lying down.) Practice for about 10 minutes at one sitting. You may practice three times a day.
4. Play peaceful music while doing breathing exercises, if you like.


How to Breathe Deeply

1. Close your eyes if you are comfortable doing this.
2. Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold it for a count of five.
3. Push out your stomach at the same time. This makes the air go deeper into your lungs, where the smoke
used to go. Slowly breath out through your mouth to the count of seven.
4. Repeat this three times and feel the relaxation as your stress floats away.

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