Diaphragmatic breathing (or 'belly breathing') is one of the best ways to breathe because we get in more oxygen in return for the carbon dioxide that we expel. Our heart rate slows, and so we tend to feel more relaxed. As a result, it is a well-established tool for stress relief.
Here are five simple steps to help you with diaphragmatic breathing. This can aid in stress management but it is not a panacea. Once you have your heart rate and stress levels at a more manageable level, you can then start to examine why you are getting triggered and what you should do about it. Reach out today if you need any help with this.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist in Ridgewood, New Jersey