If you’re struggling with anxiety or feeling stressed there are many ways you can help yourself to feel calmer, in a natural way. One of the most effective tools is BREATHING. The way we breathe - directly affects our nervous system. It’s like literally talking to your body.
When you are feeling relaxed, your parasympathetic nervous system is activated which controls your rest, relax and digest response. We can trigger that response by extending or lengthening the exhalation. During this process your heart rate slows down, your blood pressure lowers and your body’s immune system is activated. So, your breath can guide you to a state of calm and regeneration.
This breathing technique is very EASY and highly EFFECTIVE. Let’s do it!
Here’s how to do it:
Take a deep breath in through your nose to a count of 4 and release it slowly through your mouth to a count of 8. When exhaling, really slow down the exhale from the very beginning of your exhale and audibly blow out the air through your mouth. Observe how you feel. Important is that the exhale is twice as long as the inhale which tells the body to relax. Do 10 deep breaths in the morning and 10 in the evening before going to bed.
Do this at least twice a day or as often as you need or want. In a matter of a few weeks of consistent practice you’ll feel the difference! Like with every tool, IF you use it consistently you’ll get incredible benefits.
But most importantly - have fun and enjoy!