How to de-stress in MINUTES: Psychologist reveals the ‘straw’ breathing trick she swears by – and why she does it every single day

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  • A psychologist has offered her simple breathing techniques that will reduce stress.
  • Gabby Goodyear says ‘straw breathing’ has become her ‘go-to’ daily routine
  • The method involves inhaling through the nose, then exhaling through a drinking straw.
  • Technique helps people find ‘much needed peace’ during stressful times

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A clinical psychologist has offered her simple breathing techniques that will reduce anxiety and calm your mind in a matter of minutes.

Gabby Goodyear of Perth, Western Australia, said the ‘straw breathing’ exercise has become her ‘go-to’ daily routine, which involves breathing in through your nose and then exhaling through a drinking straw.

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He wrote on Instagram, “The main thing here is that your breath is longer than your breath… that’s how we activate the part of the brain that helps us to calm down.”

For example, if you inhale to a count of two, exhale to a count of four. It activates the part of your brain that will calm your nervous system – helping you find that needed “quiet button.”

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Perth psychologist Gabby Goodyear (pictured) offers her simple breathing techniques to help you reduce anxiety and calm your mind in just seconds.

Gabby’s Five ‘Straw’ Breathing Tips

1. Practice Outside to Start

2. Sit up straight and breathe normally and naturally through your nose

3. Exhale completely through your mouth with your lips pursed (as if you are breathing through a straw; or use a straw)

4. Make sure your exhalation is longer than your inhale – this is how we activate the part of the brain that helps us to calm down

5. Repeat five times, ideally twice per day

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founder of Sadhu Samaj, an online practice specializing in health and happiness, said the breathing method helps her get through ‘those days’.

“On days when my emotional buttons seem to push a little more than usual, where my window of tolerance is shrinking and my ability to calm down seems challenging,” he said.

For beginners, she suggests practicing outside breathing techniques.

“Here’s the thing, calling on this skill when we’re distressed or when we’re feeling like the calmness evaporates and we’ve never tried it before is going to be tough,” she said.

‘So I’d love to practice it to get you started outside of these moments. To build that muscle memory. That habit. So that the next time you’re in that spot, it’s so easy to take this little skill out of your toolkit.’

To get started, just sit up straight and breathe normally and naturally through your nose.

She said you need to exhale completely through your mouth, purging your lips like you’re breathing through a straw or use a drinking straw.

For beginners, she suggests practicing breathing techniques outside (stock image)

For beginners, she suggests practicing breathing techniques outside (stock image)

‘Repeat five times, ideally twice per day,’ she said.

‘I’m not going to lie, some days these tools are very pulled, but this is my anchor. My way of managing my regulation so that when my kids are uncontrollable, they can contact me.’

After sharing their breathing technique, many said they can’t wait to try it.

Those who have tried the straw breathing exercise stressed that the method helped with stress relief, with a saying: ‘It really does wonderful things. very powerful.’

While another said: ‘This strategy is something I adopt almost every single day and it serves me well.’

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