I’ve never been good at managing stress, but it wasn’t until my doctor found that an ulcer was the cause of excruciating stomach pain that I decided to make a lifestyle change. Of course, I worked to reduce the number of stressors in my life-but no amount of hard work and preparation can completely eliminate difficult situations. By working with my doctor, I came to understand that I could reduce my stress levels with one simple trick: breathing.

Obviously, we breathe all day every day-but that doesn’t mean we’re doing it right. After doing my fair share of research, I began to implement various breathing techniques into my daily routine. Some call it meditation, but I simply think of my exercises as time to focus on the simplest of acts.

When I’m breathing deeply, I no longer find it difficult to clear my mind and release the build-up of ten-sion in my back and shoulders. Even a brief five minute break can make all the difference in my ability to handle the stressors of the day.

If you would like to learn more about the act of breathing and how it can benefit your life, you’ve come to the right place!