10 minute deep breathing reduces stress

With people competing with one another for recognition and benefits, your workplace could be a breeding ground for stress. It may escalate into frustration and angry outbursts later. Stress may be considered as any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental unrest and that may be a factor in causing disease. Physical and chemical factors that can cause stress include trauma, infections, toxins, illnesses, and injuries of any sort. Emotional causes of stress and tension are numerous and varied. No external standards can be applied to predict stress levels in individuals. Recognizing stress is the first step in lessening its impact. Good time-management skills are critical for effective stress control. In particular, learning to prioritize tasks and avoid over-commitment are critical measures to make sure that you are not overscheduled.

Chronic stress can lead to a whole host of physical and emotional problems.  Stress weakens the immune system and worsens chronic conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Just 10 minutes a day of mindful relaxation — like deep breathing or meditation — can ease the muscle tension that can trigger a headache. Rahul J. Nair, an expert in psychology, suggests some tips to reduce stress: Sit in a quiet place, and close your eyes. Take a deep breath through your nose, and let it fill your abdomen; hold it for five seconds, then exhale. “Studies have shown that simple, deep-breathing exercises like this reduce blood pressure and promote a sense of well-being,” he says.

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