Who actually takes the time to breathe deeply?

It's something you should do more often. A couple of times a day!! Did you know deep breathing lowers your blood pressure? As well as many other health benefits? Now, I've talked BP before. Remember, it isn't predictive of a heart attack or stroke.

If you have high BP, your circulatory system is no doubt stressed. It can cause issues from health care coverage to dizziness which can lead to falls which can lead to broken bones, it can cause impotence & kidney damage to name a few. Don't just go right to those dangerous medications!!

Take a deep breath...
Start with performing this exercise once a day (especially before going to the doctor).
- breathe in through your nose deep into your belly (your belly pushes out when done correctly) for a count of 2
- then breathe out through your mouth for a count of 5
- repeat this 15-20 times while telling  yourself to relax
You can do this as many times a day as you would like. 

As you get comfortable & good with this above exercise, move up. Breathing in for a count of 5 & out for 10. One of my other favorites is to breathe deeply for 7 counts, hold your breath for 2 counts, breathe out of your mouth for 7 then hold again for 2. 

There's many variations of beneficial breathing exercises out there. You may be surprised at what you see your BP do as well as your general stress level.