Slow breathing to reduce stress, blood pressure, anxiety, pain, hot flashes, to help you sleep, and just to relax 🙂
Many people now practice slow breathing to reduce stress, blood pressure, anxiety, and pain.
Slow breathing is an extremely effective method of bringing down your stress levels, and also works well to alleviate anxiety, to relieve pain, and to help you sleep. It can even help reduce menopausal hot flashes and is helpful for sufferers of COPD and chronic heart failure.
What’s perhaps less well- known is that slow breathing can also lower high blood pressure. In fact, slow breathing is one of the fastest ways you can lower your blood pressure. And studies have shown that simply practising slow breathing exercises for as little as 15 minutes a day can significantly reduce blood pressure over the long term as well.
All in all, slow breathing gives myriad health benefits. It’s also just pleasantly relaxing. You don’t need to have a health condition to enjoy it!
How to do slow breathing to reduce stress, blood pressure, anxiety, and pain
Slow breathing sounds straightforward enough but it can actually be quite tricky to keep your breathing slow and steady enough.
To make it easy, we’ve designed audio tracks to assist with slow breathing. These audio tracks have breathing prompts at different breathing paces – from 10 breaths per minute down to 8, 6, 5, and 4 breaths per minute (breathing in and out counts as one breath).
You simply breathe in and out in time with the breathing prompts.
Using guided slow breathing audio tracks
Naturally, everyone breathes at a different rate, and at different rates at different times. So you can just choose an audio track that’s slower than your current breathing rate and practice with that. You can gradually work your way down to slower and slower breathing rates as you get used to doing it.
If you’re new to slow breathing, you can use the tracks with a higher number of breaths per minute to get started, e.g., 10 or 8 breaths per minute. (10 breaths per minute is close to many people’s natural breathing rate.)
6 breaths per minute is a good pace to strive for. That’s slow enough to really relax you. And the more deeply you relax, the more profound the therapeutic benefits.
Listening to relaxing music has also been found to be relaxing in and of itself. Listening to music can also relieve stress and anxiety and lower high blood pressure. So most of our audio tracks have soothing music in the background. For each breaths-per-minute cycle, you can choose from tracks with three different types of background music.
Choose your own background music
For each breaths-per-minute cycle there is also an audio track with only the breathing prompts and no background music at all. You might find this more relaxing, or you might want to play your own background music. Studies of listening to music and blood pressure have found that how you personally respond to a piece of music is crucial to its effect on your mind and body, and your blood pressure. So this option allows you to choose music that you find particularly relaxing and/or joyful, in order to get the maximum health benefits.
To listen to short samples of the Breathe Slow audio tracks, click here: Breathe Slow samples
Download Breathe-Slow audio tracks
The entire Breathe Slow collection of guided slow breathing audio tracks is now available for $17 (about £13 or €15).
You’ll get a total of twenty audio tracks: four tracks for each of the five breathing cycles – 10, 8, 6, 5, and 4 breaths per minute. (For each breathing cycle, three of the four tracks have different types of background music and the fourth track has no background music – just the breathing prompts.) So you can always choose a track to suit your desired breathing rate and your musical mood!
The Breathe-Slow audio tracks come with a 60 day no-questions-asked 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied with your investment. Note that this is a digital download ONLY – no CDs will be sent to you.
To order physical CDs, click here:
(note that the physical CDs do not include the 4 breaths per minute tracks)