Breathe in, Breathe out

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In the past, we’ve talked about how the physical act of jumping out of bed and how it can help accelerate your mornings. Today, we’ll offer another method to help increase your alertness on those early groggy mornings before work. Try spending about a minute in bed inhaling deeply to increase oxygenation in your blood; doing so can increase your energy level quickly before you hurry off to start your morning. For these breaths, focus on breathing in slowly and letting your stomach rise for a count of 5 and then exhaling slowly for a count of 10. How does this work? Increasing the volume of air inhaled forces a maximum quantity of oxygen to bind to hemoglobin molecules in the blood. The end result? A brighter morning.

dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is a second year resident in Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health and awareness with her passion for health, fitness and beauty. In her spare time, enjoys fashion, kayaking on West Meadow Beach, and creating westernized-Asian recipes.