Breathing is one of the most basic functions of the human body. It’s so basic that our bodies often do it without us even having to think about it. But experts say that breathing can also have extremely helpful effects, including the ability to stop stress before it sends you into a panicked state.
A simple breathing trick can stop stress in its tracks
Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist and professor at Stanford, shares insight into how effective breathing can stop stress. The trick, Huberman says, is to complete a “psychological sigh.”
This breathing technique is simple, and it plays off a very simple part of your body’s anatomy. Essentially, when you breathe in, your diaphragm and muscles cause your chest to expand. When that happens, your heart expands, too. When you breathe out, everything compresses. Using your breathing to control a sequence of expanding and compressing can help you stop stress easily.
When your blood slows like that, your neurons pay attention. Essentially, when your inhales are longer than your exhales, you’re causing your heart to speed up. When you exhale longer, though, it does the opposite.
You can use this trick to stop stress by taking two quick inhales through your nose, then exhaling a long breath through your mouth. This “phycological sight” basically forces your heart to slow. It helps relieve the panic building from stress, which can be very helpful when things are starting to spiral out of control.
If you’re trying to stop stress, completing the breathing process one to three times can help reduce your panic levels. There are other breathing techniques that work similarly. The main idea behind these “tricks” is to exhale longer than you inhale, forcing your heart and chest to compress and slow down how quickly blood is flowing.
You can also use this technique to slow down your heart when trying to get to sleep quickly.
Try it my friends; its so easy to do.
That’s it for today; see you all the next time.