Diaphragmatic breathing is an example of a behavior-oriented technique that can reduce stress.
You may be wondering - what are some of the benefits of this breathing technique? In her guide, Dr. Kogan explains that the positive effects include:
Monitoring self-talk is an example of how your thought processes can help you manage stress. Using encouraging language, focusing on past positive situations and avoiding generalizations of negative situations are all ways to effectively manage your thought processes.
Additionally, embracing stress is another example of a thought-oriented stress reduction technique. It is a powerful technique - as Dr. Kogan explains, “viewing stress as a potentially positive element can help prevent negative physical and psychological damage.”
Have you ever had a massage where you’ve been told that you must be stressed because your muscles are tense? That’s because tense muscles often accompany stress, explains Dr. Kogan. So, what can you do to reduce your stress levels and muscle tension? Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is one technique you can try and it can be even more effective when combined with deep breathing techniques.
Flavia Vaduva is a general practice Veterinarian and a blogger for VetTechPrep. She has a passion for veterinary medicine, education and business management. She really enjoys interacting with veterinary students and veterinary professionals. She spends her free time riding horses and traveling to explore new places!