In times of stress, anxiety, or frustration, you've probably been told, "Relax, take a deep breath, and calm down." Have you tried it? I mean, have you really tried it? Many mind-body exercises, such as yoga and meditation, use breathing techniques to relax and focus. Breathing exercises are an easy, fast and effective way to achieve this goal.
Did you know that more than 90% of people are experiencing breathing problems without even knowing it? The most common problems are breathing through the mouth, breathing too fast, and chest breathing (not with the abdomen).
Fight & Flight
Slow and diaphragmatic breathing can help you exit the state of mind 'fight or flight instinct'. This breathing activates the vagus nerve. This nerve is the longest nerve in your body and it "wanders" around your organs. It is a nerve that affects the organs in such a way that your body can enter the state of ‘rest and digest’. In this resting state, your heart rate slows down, the blood pressure lowers, pain reduces, and your airways widen so you can breathe easier. This is important because stored energy often manifests itself in muscle tension and other physical conditions.