College is an exciting time. It’s an opportunity to create new friendships, broaden horizons, and begin to carve out your path in life.
It’s also a time of new pressures and stresses. For many, it’s the first time living away from home without any immediate family to rely on. Then there are exams and deadlines, first dates and study groups, and for many students there are part time jobs and bosses to deal with too.
To say college is stressful is an understatement!
College stress is unavoidable. However remembering to activate the diaphragm while breathing, or belly breathing, is an easy and effective solution to help students manage stress
More than half of college students reported above average or tremendous stress levels in the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment. In addition, 30% of students say stress has a negative effect on academics.
High levels of stress contribute to:
- Lack of energy and concentration
- Memory loss
- Increased anxiety
College is too valuable of an experience (and too expensive) to let something like stress get in the way. A lot of students and parents ask me how to deal with college stress. Although professional help is often needed, there is a simple and immediate solution available. I am the solution! As your visual aide I will remind you to activate your diaphragm or belly breathe and adjust you posture all day long. Your mind and body will function at a much higher level and college stress will no longer be the enemy. Let me explain how easy and effective this is…
Health professionals (and mom’s) around the world remind us that taking a few deep breaths can be relaxing and a quick stress reliever. It’s so easy that it can be done anytime and anywhere.
However, it’s not “just breathing.” Effectively breathing with one’s diaphragm is what makes the difference. Diaphragmatic breathing is the act of breathing in and out with the tummy. It’s one of the best and simplest ways to combat college stress. Consistently breathing with the diaphragm provides the cells enough oxygen to maintain the energy needed to keep up the pace of college life.
The diaphragm sits underneath the lungs and separates the chest from the abdomen. When we breathe with our tummy, the diaphragm moves downward, expanding the lungs to take in the greatest amount of oxygen which in turn fuels every cell in the body.
When we breathe out by pulling in our tummy, the diaphragm pushes the lungs up, expelling the maximum amount of carbon dioxide.
Diaphragmatic breathing maximizes the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Expanding the lungs ensures optimal oxygenation of cells throughout the body, slows the heart rate to help maintain focus, improves memory, and reduces stress. Effective breathing is a powerful tool to achieve the focus and the grades you desire.
The real challenge is to remember to use the belly to breathe throughout the day.
The real challenge (to)remember to use the diaphragm or belly to breathe throughout the day. Allow me to serve as your reminder and we can easily overcome
Don’t let the simplicity fool you. Remembering to breathe effectively can make a big difference. Try it now with me.
Breathe in…tummy out.
Breathe out…tummy in.
I feel better already. How about you?
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