Did you know that simple DEEP BREATHING can help you MANAGE STRESS?
Scientific research is showing that a natural, potent source of stress relief is right under our noses!
Dr. Andrew Weil, a physician and founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona says, ” I think breath is the only function through which you can influence the involuntary nervous system.”
This is possible because slow, deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system and turns down the sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the “fight or flight” stress response. Although this response is necessary in times of trouble, it can become an issue when we are in this state for prolonged periods of time. We are not designed to remain in this heightened state of arousal and this often leads to health issues if not addressed.
We are able to access this stress relieving tool at any time, in any place by simply FOCUSING on our BREATHING. Here is a simple technique you can use to de-stress and unwind quickly…
1. Choose a COLOR that represents PEACE and TRANQUILITY to you.
2. Choose a different COLOR that represents STRESS, TENSION, ANXIETY and anything else you no longer want to hold onto.
3. Close your eyes, and take in a slow, deep breath. Notice how your lungs and abdomen expand. Imagine that you are inhaling the color of peace and tranquility and very slowly exhaling the color of stress, tension and anxiety. Feel your body relaxing as you exhale and let go of any negative energy.
4. Repeat this breath at least 3 times in a row.
Some other wonderful benefits of DEEP BREATHING include:
BETTER AIR INTAKE
Practice this daily and you will find that you feel calmer, happier, more focused and less stressed throughout the day. This is a quick, easy way to give yourself a break, especially during the holiday season.
RELAX and REJUVENATE!