Aug 05, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center


Conscious breathing—focusing on breathing fully and deeply—can reduce stress and help you relax. Managing your breath sends a calming message to your body. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Patient and Family Support suggests these three breathing techniques.

FLOWER BREATH:

  1. Imagine inhaling the scent of a fragrant rose, breathing in through your nose and sending the breath to the tension in your body.
  2. As you exhale through your mouth, visualize the tension leaving your body with your breath.

FEATHER BREATH:

  1. Visualize that you’re holding a large, soft feather by its quill. Inhale long and deeply through your nose.
  2. Breathe out your mouth as if you are blowing bubbles. Your breath should be slow and long, like a low whistle.
  3. As you exhale, focus on the base of the imaginary feather. Release it and watch it rise.
  4. As you inhale, watch the feather fall.

PROLONG THE OUTBREATH:

  1. Inhale through your nose, pause; exhale through your nose, pause.
  2. Breathe in to a count of 5, breathe out to a count of 5.
  3. Breathe in to a count of 5, breathe out to a count of 6.
  4. Breathe in to a count of 5, breathe out to a count of 7, and so on, until you reach your limit of prolonging your outbreath. This will slow your heart rate and regulate blood pressure.

The Patient and Family Support team is available for one-on-one guidance or to answer any questions. Call 801-213-5699 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute
cancerinfo@hci.utah.edu

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