When we are stressed we will breathe more shallowly, hunch forward in our chairs and feel tired and exhausted. By sitting up with shoulders back this helps opens up the chest and allows the ribs and diaphragm to expand. This allows more oxygen to become available to the body. By breathing more deeply and allowing the diaphragm to move more easily a signal is sent to the brain that there is no threat so all the body’s systems relax. The body is unable to be in ‘Flight or Fight’ if you are breathing deeply.
Next place one hand on your forehead and the other 3 fingers below your navel. This connects the Enteric Nervous System in your gut (where you feel or have those gut instincts) with the Autonomic Nervous System in your brain. Slowly breathe in through the nose for a count of 4, hold your breathe for a count of 2, then slowly breathe out for a count of 4 and hold for a count of 2. Repeat 10 times. You will feel calmer and more relaxed after this technique. You can use this technique any time.
I would love to hear how this technique worked for you.
In good health, Vicki