Breathing techniques can greatly affect blood pressure. When we breathe deeply, our body relaxes and our blood vessels dilate, leading to lower blood pressure. On the other hand, when we breathe quickly and shallowly, our body tenses up, and blood vessels constrict, leading to higher blood pressure.
One popular breathing technique for lowering blood pressure is called "deep breathing." This involves sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and taking slow, deep breaths. Focus on filling your abdomen with air, rather than your chest, and exhale slowly. Repeat this for several minutes until you feel relaxed.
Another technique is called "paced breathing." This involves inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply, while counting to yourself. For example, inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 2, and exhale for a count of 6. Repeat this for a few minutes, until you feel relaxed.
Breathing techniques can also be combined with other relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga, for even greater stress relief and blood pressure benefits. However, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider before trying any new techniques, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition.