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Slow Breathing

By Lauren McDonald

People experiencing depression, stress or anxiety sometimes 'hyperventilate', meaning they use a rapid, shallow breathing style. This can result in feelings of tension, fatigue and sometimes panic.

This chest breathing differs from a relaxed breathing pattern which is slower and centres on the abdomen and diaphragm. Abdominal, or 'slow breathing', is the natural breathing of sleeping adults and is the deep, replenishing respiration that is more rhythmic and relaxing. It is also more efficient for our system when it comes to producing energy from oxygen and removing carbon dioxide.

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