9 breathing exercises to manage anxiety, reduce stress, and improve sleep

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Breathing exercises can help you feel more present and less stressed. 
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(Sarah Fielding, Shelley Dawson/ Insider) — Breathing exercises have far-ranging benefits, including improving anxiety, sleep, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

Whether you’re trying to relieve symptoms of an underlying condition or you’re just looking for a moment of peace and calm, each of the following nine breathing techniques offers benefits and is easy to do at home.

Deep belly breathing, aka diaphragmatic breathing, is a simple, easy technique that just about anyone can try safely. It teaches you how to breathe properly using your diaphragm instead of your chest muscles. This is important since diaphragmatic breathing lends to deeper, slower breaths which are proven to help improve focus and reduce stress. (…)

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