Did you know that taking deep breaths can help improve your mood and energy? Here are some techniques and reasons why this simple motion can help you have a better day-to-day life.

Stand up and take three big, deep breaths. Look up at the ceiling and stretch your arms out wide, while doing this. Breathe in through your nose, hold it for a couple seconds, and let it out slowly through your mouth. Repeat this several times until your stress melts away. Wait a short while. Do you feel more refreshed?

When you breathe deeply, you’re using your diaphragm and abdomen. In doing so, your heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure will drop, while quickly breathing using your upper chest does not. One study showed that for people with hypertension, their blood pressure dropped and their body relaxed when using deep breathing techniques.

Try practicing this breathing technique every day for just 10 minutes. Eventually this will become a natural breathing rhythm for your body.