Having read this article’s title, you’re probably thinking that you already know how to breathe. After all, you’ve been doing it for however many years you’ve been alive. But did you know that changing the way you breathe now and again can help to relax you, and even reduce anxiety and depression?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

How to Breathe

Lay or sit down, making sure you’re comfortable. Close your eyes, and begin to breathe through your nose.

Concentrate on your diaphragm rising when you breathe in, and lowering when you breathe out.

Begin to slow your breathing down, so you inhale for six seconds and exhale for six seconds. If you have trouble with this, consider inhaling & exhaling for three or four seconds. 

Try to keep your breathing this way for at least a few minutes, ensuring you stay focused and relaxed. 

The easier breathing this way becomes, consider extending the amount of time you inhale and exhale. Extend it by a few seconds each week. 

You will soon find this technique works well when you’re anxious or stressed. While it might take a while to get used to, it can be very effective.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk