Managing Stress to Manage Meniere’s Disease: Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises are very effective at reducing stress for those who suffer from Meniere's disease

Everyone experiences stress from time to time due to the pressures of modern living. If you don’t deal with the stress immediately, it can lead to a myriad of  health conditions. In our case, that condition may be Meniere’s disease.  Among the simplest and most popular methods for stress reduction is proper breathing. Although breathing is one of the automatic body functions, many people don’t breathe in the right manner.

To reduce and manage stress, you should learn how to breath deeply.   Normally, when you are not under stress, you breath by using your diaphragm which moves in contraction and expansion. However, you will realize that when suffering from stress, you instead are using your upper chest to take small breaths.  These breaths tend to be shallow.

How then do you learn to take long deep breaths? Here is a simple exercise that you will soon master with regular practice. You should learn this when you are calm. Then later apply what you have learned when anxiety sets in.  You need to be in a private, quiet and relaxed place in order to achieve maximum results. Focus on using your abdomen and not the upper chest. You can either lie down or just sit and close your eyes to avoid any distractions. This exercise should take ten to twenty minutes.

When you are in position, put one of your hands on your abdomen and the other one on your chest. Gently breathe in and out through your nose. Concentrate on your breathing. As you inhale, push out your belly and feel it expand.  As you exhale, let the tension you are holding in your body be exhaled as well. Push yourself to exhale as much as you can.  You will soon start feeling some sense of peace and calmness.

You can also use deep breathing in combination with visualization to reduce your stress levels. As you take deep breaths, you can imagine warmth coming to your hands and feet. This will indeed be effective in reversing your response to stress. Within no time, your hands and feet will become warmer bringing a sense of relaxation to your body.

If you get too caught up in whether you are breathing from your diaphragm or your chest, try this. Breath in as much as you possibly can.  Then inhale a little more. Follow that with a big exhalation.  Exhale as much as you can.  Don’t make this a strained exercise.  Just try to move as much air as you can.  After about ten cycles, you should start to feel a deep heavy relaxing feeling set in.  Again, this is something to practice before you really need it.  Master this technique at a less stressful time.  Then you will have it in your toolbox in the heat of battle.

Use these breathing techniques any time you need calm. When you are frustrated about something or seem to have a lot of tension in your body, deep breathing can help you get back on track. These easy stress relieving breathing methods should help you manage your stress levels more effectively.

Deep breathing is fairly easy to do.  Deep breathing costs no money and you can do it where ever you are.