Breathing techniques offer a variety of health benefits, both physically and mentally. When trying to reduce stress and anxiety, introducing some breathing techniques into a daily routine can make a great impact. Utilizing breathing strategies when one feels anxiety rising or the onset of a panic attack can also be an invaluable tool to add to the options one may have. Not only could this possibly prevent a panic attack, but it can also encourage the entire body to relax and release tension, which in turn will allow the person to feel calmer.
Interestingly, the simple act of breathing is beneficial for the treatment of numerous diagnoses, such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Research shows that breathing strategies promote overall well-being, which encompasses the entire body. Breathing techniques, breathing strategies, and yoga breathing can all be used interchangeably. All of them focus on the same goal: slowing the breathing and being aware of holding air in and exhaling out in a pattern or sequence which is detailed for each different strategy.
Health Benefits of Breathing Techniques
Practicing breathing techniques seems to have an endless list of impacts on one’s overall system. The following are just some of the benefits that appear to be the most commonly shared:
- Calms the nervous system
- Improves focus
- Promotes better sleep
- Helps with stress management
- Aids in digestion
- Reduces heart rate
- Lowers blood pressure
Those living without any diagnosis at all will still be impacted by practicing breathing techniques. Improved focus, improved circulation, a more positive mindset, and some aid in digestion are bonuses anyone can benefit from. In a world of constant change and the continuous demands of life – jobs, the news, chores to be done, the responsibilities one has – the ability to stop for a moment and just breathe is a gift in itself.
Breathing Techniques to Reduce Anxiety
There are many options people can try to reduce anxiety. However, finding something that works consistently and over a long period of time, the same way is difficult. Having a variety of options on hand, ready to implement in case something doesn’t work, is wise. For those who live with constant anxiety looming over them, introducing breathing techniques into their routine would be wise. In addition, having breathing strategies that are specifically for those “emergency” scenarios, where a panic attack may be on the near horizon, would also support someone being more prepared.
Sometimes, just simply knowing there is “a speedy solution” is enough to help ease the mind. Some might have a medication that works like this. A “take in an emergency” supplement to their regular medication regimen. On the other hand, others may have a safe space they go to, a song they listen to, or something with a specific texture that they touch. These are stress management strategies that could help. Furthermore, having breathing techniques that have been practiced and one feels confident in using can be a new tool to use.
Breathing strategies are an ancient practice that is vital or central to the overall well-being of a person. In an article published by the journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, they share that breathing strategies “provide clinical evidence for the use of yoga breathing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and for victims of mass disasters.” For breathing strategies to have such an impact on those with such experiences, it is rather incredible to know that one’s own body has the ability to heal itself.
Destiny Recovery Center and Stress Management
Destiny Recovery Center’s residential treatment program includes teaching stress management strategies. We prepare our clients for dealing with stress in the real world after they leave treatment. By providing opportunities that allow them to try out various techniques, clients are better able to determine what strategy works best for them. Then when they are home and are faced with stressful situations, they are prepared. Not only do they have a strategy to use to reduce the anxiety, but this also doubles as a relapse prevention technique as well.
One of the stress management strategies taught at Destiny Recovery Center is breathing techniques. This offers a reprieve for anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression as well as other co-occurring disorders. DRC’s dual diagnosis treatment program is designed to meet the needs of those living with substance use disorder (SUD) alongside an additional diagnosis. As breathing strategies provide benefits for the entire person, the whole body is rewarded.
Whether someone is in treatment or belongs to a program of recovery, or is coping with symptoms of stress or anxiety, benefits are to be had from implementing some breathing techniques into the routine. Knowing how to properly utilize such strategies is a tool for life. If not for one’s self, maybe someone near is living with anxiety, and knowing how to guide someone through the breathing strategy could create a lifeline for them.
Anxiety is a common co-occurring disorder associated with substance use disorders (SUDs). Mastering a strategy that will effectively reduce anxiety will promote positive mental health and assist in relapse prevention. Utilizing breathing techniques will support reducing stress. Practicing this will also improve the ability to handle situations appropriately. In addition, regular practice of breathing techniques offers multiple physical health benefits, such as reducing heart rate. Impacting the entire body and mind positively, this is a strategy recommended by medical providers across the fields. Breathing techniques used for stress management are a solid example of whole-person treatment. Contact Destiny Recovery Center today at (909) 413-4304 to see how we can support you.