Belly Breathing micro-lesson
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Have you ever noticed that when you're feeling frustrated or stressed your heart tends to be faster? This mindful minute technique called belly breathing is a great way to help you calm down. Whenever you do a mindful minute, it's important to breathe slowly, deeply, and gently. Place one hand on your belly and notice what happens when we breathe. Inhale, 2, 3, 4. Hold your breath, 2, 3, 4. Exhale, 2, 3, 4 and hold, 2, 3, 4. Inhale, 2, 3, 4. Hold, 2, 3, 4. Exhale, 2, 3, 4. And hold, 2, 3, 4. How did it feel to pause your breathing? Do you notice your belly rising and falling with your breath? When you do this on your own, you might take several more rounds of breath. I usually find that 4 or 5 rounds works for me. Counting and pausing between inhales and exhales helps to slow your breathing and your heart rate and that's what helps you feel calmer.
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How long should your inhale take?1) 4 counts2) 1 second3) 2 counts4) 1 minute
How should you breath during your mindful minute?1) Slowly, gently, and deeply2) As fast as you can3) Hold your breath the whole time4) Like normal
What is NOT something you should do during Belly Breathing?1) Take as many breaths as you can2) Hold your breath between inhales and exhales3) Count to 4 for each inhale or exhale4) Place a hand on your belly to notice what happens as you breathe
What are the benefits of the Belly Breathing technique?1) It makes you feel calmer2) It makes you feel more stressed3) It has no effect4) It makes you feel frustrated
How many rounds of belly breathing should you take?1) How ever many it takes to feel calmer2) Only 1 or 23) Only 2 or 34) Enough to make you feel anxious
A fast heart rate can be a sign that you could use a mindful minute.1) Yes2) No
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