- University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Norris Health Center
Stress Management: Deep Breathing
What is deep breathing?
Deep breathing is a method of relaxation that removes tension from your body. It can be
done practically anywhere. It is also called diaphragmatic breathing.
How do I do this exercise?
• Sit in a comfortable chair or lie on the floor with a pillow under the small
of your back.
• Breathe in slowly and deeply, pushing your stomach out as you breathe
• Say the word "relax" silently before you exhale.
• Exhale slowly, letting your stomach come in.
Repeat these deep breaths 10 times without interruption. You will notice a feeling of
relaxation and quietness, and fewer symptoms of distress.
Practice this exercise five times a day.