Abdominal breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, changes oxygenation levels in your body as well as strengthening the diaphragm. We can all use more oxygen in our bodies now to boost our immune systems. Being conscious and breathing in a particular way can lead to deep relaxation, decreased pain, and improved mental state. Diaphragmatic breathing helps to lower the harmful effects of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. Check out this easy to follow guided breathing technique. Commit to just five minutes of deep diaphragmatic breathing today. Many people feel calmer and more centered afterwards, and it may help to reduce negative emotions.