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If you’re reading this, you’re breathing.
Deep breathing can be done anywhere and anytime you feel anxious, without any special tools or time frame. Sometimes just taking a few deep breaths before entering a stressful situation or when you find yourself in the middle of one, can lower stress and anxiety levels.
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You probably don’t think about your breath that often. It’s always there, in the background, when you need it. But paying more attention to how you’re breathing can make a big impact on your stress levels. Deep breathing also called diaphragmatic breathing is a practice that enables more air to flow into your body and can help calm your nerves, reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help you improve your attention span and lower pain levels.
Deep breathing involves taking slower, longer breaths from our stomach to counter the short, rapid breaths that we default to when stressed or anxious. For deep breathing we have to activate our sympathetic nervous system.
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Our breath isn’t just part of our body’s stress response, it’s key to it. In fact, we can induce a state of anxiety or panic by taking shallow, short breaths from the chest. Our autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary actions like heart rate and digestion, is split into two parts. First, the sympathetic nervous system which controls our fight-or-flight response. And second the parasympathetic nervous system that controls our rest-and-relax response. While both parts of our nervous system are always active, deep breathing can help quiet our sympathetic nervous system and reduce feelings of stress or anxiety.
I invite you to listen to episode #30 of the Self-Care Goddess Podcast with Anders Olsson “Conscious Breathing Your First Pillar of Self-Care”.
How to practice deep breathing?
Try to turn your attention to your breath. Focus on breathing from your stomach, pushing your stomach in each time you inhale. Take longer breaths, counting to at least 5 for each inhalation and exhalation. Keep doing this even though it may feel uncomfortable at first. After a while, you will start to notice your body feeling more relaxed. Deep breathing is simple and can quiet your nervous system in a short amount of time providing relief from all anxiety. The more you practice, the better you’ll get at it and the more you’ll be able to use it in times of stress to help calm yourself down.
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