articleVideos: Mindful Breathing for Stress Management
Published: January 20, 2022
HHRC is happy to release a collection of mindful breathing exercises for relieving stress and improving wellness throughout the workday. Working closely with vulnerable populations can be difficult at times and whether you are experiencing occasional stress, chronic stress, and/or secondary traumatic stress, mindful breathing is a simple way you can incorporate relaxation and a sense of grounding throughout your day. Breathing exercises can help alleviate symptoms caused by stress such as increased heart rate, muscle tension, fast breathing, and high blood pressure.
Also known as box breathing or 4x4 breathing. This technique is the simplest form of mindful breathing and aims to return breathing to a normal rhythm in only a few minutes.
Also known as deep breathing. By performing this exercise, you engage the diaphragm (the most important muscle of breathing), which increases airflow in your lungs.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
When you are experiencing anxiety or stress, one of the body's natural responses is muscle tension. This technique helps relieve tension throughout the body by consciously tensing or tightening as you inhale, and releasing that tension as you exhale.