A team of researchers from Stanford University reports evidence that people who do periodic sigh breathing exercises experience significantly less stress than those who practice mindfulness meditation.In their paper published in the journal cell report medicineresearchers describe their studies of several different types of stress-reduction techniques.
Previous studies have shown that stress positive impact Sometimes, more often it is considered harmful, such as when you encourage people to do something they know they must do. health problems such as high blood pressure. Therefore, stress techniques have been developed to help reduce stress without resorting to drugs. One of his such techniques is mindfulness meditation. In this meditation, a person tries to relax and stay in the moment in a non-judgmental way for a period of time. Other techniques include breathing methodIn this new effort, researchers compared three different breathing techniques with mindfulness meditation to assess their effectiveness.
The three breathing techniques tested included periodic sighs. Box breathing involves breathing and holding for the same amount of time. Periodic hyperventilation in which inhalation lasts longer than exhalation.
The research for this study was conducted online during a pandemic when stress was unusually high for most people. 114 volunteer Engaged in one of the stress reducers for 5 minutes each day at selected times for 1 month. Each volunteer kept a stress diary to assess the effectiveness of stress reduction activities.
Researchers found that most of the time, volunteers reported feeling that the exercise was a positive experience, with 90% reporting positive emotions. They also found that they had less stress than those who practiced mindfulness meditation. Also, those who sighed periodically, stress compared to other breathing techniques
For more information:
Melis Yilmaz Balban et al. Simple, structured breathing exercises enhance mood and reduce physiological arousal. cell report medicine (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.xcrm.2022.100895
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