Stress is a natural part of life, but some young adults may lack coping skills that can help them manage that stress. Simple exercises, like practicing breathing techniques, can be a powerful tool in dealing with stress in young adults.
Can Breathing Techniques Help Reduce Stress?
A recent study from Yale University found that when college students learn specific techniques for managing stress and anxiety, their well-being improves across a range of measures and leads to better mental health. The study followed three programs that incorporated breathing and emotional intelligence strategies and found that a training program called SKY Campus Happiness, developed by the Art of Living Foundation, which relies on a breathing technique called SKY Breath Meditation, yoga postures, social connection, and service activities, was most beneficial. Yale University stated: “Following the SKY sessions, students reported improvements in six areas of wellbeing: depression, stress, mental health, mindfulness, positive affect, and social connectedness.”
A Breathing Technique to Try
Belly Breathing is easy to do and very relaxing. Try this basic exercise anytime you need to relax or relieve stress.
- Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
- Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
- Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in, and use it to push all the air out.
- Do this breathing 3 to 10 times. Take your time with each breath.
- Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.
Journey Home Young Adult Can Help
Journey Home is a small residential transitional living program for young women stepping down from another residential or wilderness setting. Journey Home blends a traditional home setting with positive peer and staff relationships. At Journey Home we believe in the value of good health and healthy hobbies, two crucial aspects of happy, successful adults. To learn more about how Journey Home can help a young woman struggling with stress, call 855-918-0032.