When you are under stress your body reacts in a variety of different ways. Although everyone reacts to stress differently, there are a number of common techniques that can have a great impact on your body’s response.
When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. One of the most useful methods of lessening these reactions is to control your breathing.
By controlling your breathing you are, in essence, telling your body that everything is ok and under control. This allows your body to relax, slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. This isn’t just useful in terms of stress. It can also be helpful in controlling anxiety and symptoms of depression.
Controlling your breathing is a form of "entry level" meditation that anyone can do. One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to simply focus your attention on your breath.
There are many forms of breathing, and they are all effective in reducing your body’s response to stress. We will discuss just a few of them here. While we shouldn’t stay in a prolonged state of controlled breath, starting the practice for a few moments per day can make you more conscious of your habits outside of the exercise.
Ideally, for a full deep breathing exercise, you should find a comfortable seat in an upright position. As you inhale, your diaphragm muscle contracts downwards and as you exhale, the muscle relaxes upward; having the space in your physical body to expand is helpful in order to reap the benefits.
These are just a few of the many, many breathing techniques that can help you to control your breathing and give you a sense of calm and peacefulness. Don’t wait until the next time you are feeling really stressed out to try these breathing exercises. Start practicing them now and that way when you do need them, they will come as second nature.
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