Breathing when stressed


Take a long, slow breath in through your nose, first filling your lower lungs, then your upper lungs. Hold your breath to the count of “three.” Exhale slowly through pursed lips, while you relax the muscles in your face, jaw, shoulders, and stomach.

 

Modern life is stressful. I’m sure ancient life was stressful as well, but there’s one difference.

Most people nowadays feel stressed while they’re sitting still – either at desks or in their car. And this has a subtle but powerful effect on your body.

When you’re feeling stressed, it’s normal to feel ‘not good.’ Or sometimes – a lot worse than ‘not good.’ Stress can make you feel awful.

Not many people are aware of an important fact. Often a lot of the awful feeling comes not from the emotion of stress, but how it affects your body.

In particular – how it affects your breathing.

The next time you feel stressed, I want you to do a simple thing. Put one hand on your chest, and one hand on your belly.

As you breathe in – see which hand moves.

If your chest hand moves – it’s highly likely you’re stress breathing. And that can make you feel out of control, out of breath and unwell. And…it can turn on chest and neck trigger points. And in turn, these tight chest muscles can create back and shoulder triggers.

That’s why the Trigger Point Course also includes a bonus course on breathing. It’s subtle stuff, but it will have a profound effect in your life. This one simple adjustment can make you feel back in control when a situation feels like it’s spinning out of your reach.

And it can really help reduce tightness in your chest, neck and upper shoulders. Here’s where to get started now >>

– Jonathan

Take a Deep Breath | The American Institute of Stress

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Take a long, slow breath in through your nose, first filling your lower lungs, then your upper lungs. Hold your breath to the count of “three.” Exhale slowly through pursed lips, while you relax the muscles in your face, jaw, shoulders, and stomach.

Breathing to reduce stress – Better Health Channel

Breathing is an automatic function of the body that is controlled by the respiratory centre of the brain. When we feel stressed, our breathing rate and pattern …

Just Breathe: Body Has A Built-In Stress Reliever : NPR

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Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation – WebMD

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Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathedeeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and …

6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less – Greatist

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Mar 18, 2016 – The term fight or flight is also known as the stress response. It’s what the body does as it prepares to confront or avoid danger.

Short of Breath Stress Symptoms – anxietycentre.com

Apr 5, 2017 – Can stress make you short of breath? Yes. Feeling like you can’t catch your breath, out ofbreath, like you have to force yourself to breathe are …

6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less | TIME.com

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Oct 8, 2012 – While the effects of breathing techniques on anxiety haven’t yet been studied at length (at least not in a controlled clinical setting), many experts …

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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