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Breathing Your Way to Feeling Better

by Olessia Kantor
Body Mind Breathing Relaxation

Early one bristly morning, I pulled a muscle in my back. I was in a rush, thinking a million thoughts while trying to reach the fathest corner of my highest closet shelf, where I hid my favorite sweaters. It hurt like hell! During the day that followed, I tried everything: a hot shower, Advil, lying down, stretching, my trusty heating pad. Nothing worked. I was in excruciating pain. I even attempted meditating, but couldn’t concentrate. By late afternoon, I was frustrated and stressed out.

Then came an answer!

Lying on the floor, I suddenly knew what to do. I closed my eyes and counted slowly to six as I inhaled, then I counted to six as I exhaled. Assuming, each number was a second apart, this pattern translated into five breaths in a minute (12 sec per breath-5 times= 60 seconds).

This was much slower than I was breathing before.

After a few minutes concentrating on my breathing, the magic kicked in. My stress level eased and my back muscles stopped clenching. In a few more minutes, I naturally started counting to eight or even nine to each inhalation and exhalation. The more my breathing slowed, the better I felt. 

Since that day I named this trick Deep Six.

It works when you are stressed out, in pain, or anxious. Why? Because when you slow your breathing, you make it nearly impossible to be stressed, anxious, or upset. There are many reasons why Deep Six is a wondrous solution:

1. You don’t have to close your eyes, lie down or empty your mind.
2. You can do it in a meeting or while taking a walk.
3. You can do it without anyone noticing.

Deep Six is amazingly simple. You just:

Count slowly to at least six in each inhale and exhale.

Keep breathing pattern the same length.

That’s it!

Your goal is to slow down your breathing. Your body will do the rest!