Your breath is the one MAJOR system in your body that is both automatic (meaning you breathe whether you are paying attention to breathing or not) and voluntary (meaning you can choose to hold your breath or hyperventilate on your own if you want to.)
This is a big deal.
Switching to deliberate, slow breathing flips our vagal response, and our parasympathetic system kicks in, allowing us to relax and recover, releasing powerful feel-good endorphins (Howgego, 2020; Nestor, 2020).
The world needs each of us to take care of ourselves, become more resilient, and develop the discipline of self-care so that we can make better decisions individually and collectively!
Through the practice I outline below you can lower your resting heart rate by 15-20 beats per minute and lower your respiratory rate by 20-30 percent simply by taking 6-10 deep belly breaths.
If you do it for 20 min. the effects are greater and longer-lasting!
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Breath Practice for Lowering Stress
Ideally, perform this exercise lying down to allow the diaphragm to move more comfortably.
Practice this technique for 5 minutes a day, working up to 10 – 20 minutes over the following weeks.