Exam pressure? Try breathing!
Stress Busting Breathing Exercise
Sit up straight, (or stand or lie down). Breathe out.
Breathe in deeply, and, at the same time, relax your belly muscles. Feel as though your belly is filling with air. You will feel your stomach pushing outwards.
After filling the belly, keep inhaling. Fill up the middle of your chest. Feel your chest and rib cage expand.
Hold the breath in for a moment, then begin to exhale as slowly as possible.
As the air is slowly let out, relax your chest and rib cage. Begin to pull your belly in to force out the remaining breath.
Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.
Relax your face and body.
Clear your mind and let everything go.
Try to do this for 3-5 minutes.
This has an immediate effect – you will feel relaxed but alert and your mind will feel clear. Remember – oxygen is life’s natural tranquiliser!