Deep Breathing: Energy + Focus

Deep Breathing: Energy + Focus
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A simple way to relieve stress is deep breathing. Performing deep breathing exercises while stressed out, activates our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest response) and allows it to override our sympathetic nervous system (our “fight or flight” response), which reminds the body to relax. This results in a slower heart rate, deeper breathing, and a greater sense of calm. Focusing on our breathing also allows us to be aware in the present moment and focus on the task at hand.

When we perceive a threat or are anxious or nervous, our breathing patterns change without us even realizing it. When we are anxious, we tend to hold our breath while performing the task at hand, which decreases oxygen levels and creates a nervous feeling. This creates even more anxiety. When this happens its important to remember to breathe. Breathe in energy and relaxation and breathe out negativity and stress.

Whenever we are doing something uncomfortable, we must stay focused and breathe. An example of this is taking a cold shower or walking into an icy lake. Our first impulse would be to jump out, but if we breathe and stay focused, we eventually would get used to the temperature. Breathing and focusing desensitize us to the water. In order to be successful, all of our will must be focused externally on the task at hand.

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