My clients are generally skeptical when I explain the power of diaphragmatic breathing, and are just as amazed when they see the results for themselves.

When we find ourselves in stressful situations, we begin to breathe shallowly.  Breathing from your diaphragm – or your belly –  reduces stress by eliciting the relaxation response.

If you are new to belly breathing:

  1. Lie down, face up, and place your hands on your abdomen.
  2. Slowly breathe in, taking a deep breath, until you feel your hands rise.
  3. Hold your breath for a few seconds
  4. And then slowly exhale.

Practice each night before bed.  That way when you find yourself stressed during the day, your body will remember how to breathe when you need it.

Once you feel comfortable with belly breathing, move on to part two, of this series where I will build on this practice.

Dr. Janet Fienemann is a Coach and Psychotherapist helping women (in-person & online) master their thoughts and emotions; kick destructive relationship patterns, anxiety and self-doubt to the curb; and finally create the life they truly desire.   To contact Dr. Janet or to work with her one-on-one or through her signature program, Rock Your Life, please contact her at  She would love to hear from you.