Simple Baloon Breathing Exercise

Breathing slowly and deeply has a relaxing and calming effect.

Sit in a comfortable position, with your palms on your thighs. 

Concentrate on the pink balloon above the text.

Follow the movement of the balloon by your breathing (inhale while the balloon grows, exhale while the balloon shrinks, hold your breath when the balloon stops).

Inhale through your nose (with your mouth closed), exhale through your mouth. Try breathing from your abdomen (deep breathing) rather than from your chest (shallow breathing). Do not breath forcefully and over your optimal limits.

Do this exercise for at least 15 minutes per day (5 minutes x 3 times a day, or whenever you feel stressed).

After some practice, this exercise will become easy and almost automatic for you. Just close your eyes, imagine the pink balloon in your mind, and relax any time, any place.

If you are in a lying position, put one palm on your chest, and the other palm on your abdomen. Your abdomen palm should be raising more than your chest palm while breathing. This promotes abdominal breathing which fills your lungs with air more efficiently and enhances the calming effect.