If you are experiencing stress, racing thoughts, or difficulty sleeping, the Relaxation breathing exercise is your new best friend.
When we experience stress our brains automatically sound an alarm which sends us into “fight or flight” mode.
Our heartbeat increases, adrenaline is released into the bloodstream, and our breathing becomes more rapid. This whole process is largely controlled by our Sympathetic Nervous System.
Often times when we are in fight or flight mode we’re told to “take a deep breath.”
Scientifically speaking, it’s actually the exhale, not the inhale, that calms us down.
Extending the exhale of your breath activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, signalling the body that there is no danger and it’s time to calm down.
This exercise is perfect for when you’re stressed, anxious, or ready to go to sleep.
Try a guided session of the Relaxation breathing exercise right here.