What Deep Breathing Does to Your Body

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Deep breathing has 3 positive impacts on your body. The first impact is that you get more oxygen into your bloodstream. The second impact of deep breathing on the body is a decrease in heart rate. This is a good thing because when we are stressed or anxious, our heart rate typically increases. The final impact of deep breathing on the body is that blood pressure decreases. The decrease is due to your heart not needing to pump as hard because your blood vessels are becoming more relaxed. Imagine your heart pumping harder because of small and constricted blood vessels, this is what increases your blood pressure.

There you go, 3 simple but large impacts of deep breathing on the body. Not sure how to do deep breathing? Take a quick refresher reading my How to do deep breathing when blog post.

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Jeff Simms is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Counselor in private practice in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Jeff works with adults that want to get better dealing with their anxiety, depression, PTSD, and marriage.

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