If you could do one thing that would trigger the release of endorphins that promote relaxation, wouldn’t you want to do it right away? You can do it right now … it’s deep breathing. Taking deep breaths can also get you more in touch with the present moment, which can reduce anxiety by preventing you from thinking about something stressful.
Taking deep breaths doesn’t require you to go to a special space, and it doesn’t require any equipment. Try it during your morning commute, during your lunch break, or even in the middle of a stressful meeting. Taking the time to breathe deeply benefits your mind and body, and is just one of the small steps you can take to promote good mental health.
It can’t hurt to try some breathing exercises, but if you feel like your mental health needs more attention, you can take a free and anonymous mental health screening at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/aspenstrong.