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 Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

December 18, 2010

Take a Deep Breath

Deep or lower diaphragm breathing really does help if you're stressed, as most people are these days.

It makes a huge difference because deep breathing activates the Vegus nerve. It's the biggest nerve in the body and extends from the brain through the chest cavity. It directly communicates with the lungs, heart, liver, the stomach and small intestines, including the pancreas.
It can head off anxiety attacks at the pass and cancel panic before it gets hold of you. It tames the tigers of agitation and edginess, and soothes jangled nerves. It gets our proverbial runaway system to actually stop accelerating like shifting into neutral, and it gives our body the ability to decelerate. It balances out the whacked adrenaline crazed sympathetic nervous system and gets us to just chill out. Try this simple routine next time you feel the weight of the world collapsing in on you. Breathe in through your nose slowly and count to five.
Try to draw the air in to below your belly button expanding the air into your lower diaphragm.
Then hold for a count of five. Now slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of seven.
Do this two or three times a day and notice your heart rate drop and blood pressure plummet.

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