Updated: Jul 14, 2021
The word "Breathe" is in the title of my new book "Remind Me to Breathe" and is a central theme in almost every poem I wrote for the book. So, I guess you can tell that breathing is pretty important to me. Maybe it's important to you too, and that's why you're here.
So, why is breathing so important - besides the fact that, without it, I wouldn't be here to write this post and you wouldn't be here to read it? Because, learning to breathe mindfully, can actually influence how our brains and bodies react to stress. Stress comes in all forms and feels different for each of us in our bodies. But, the one thing we have in common, is that we can all use our breath, specifically diaphragmatic breathing, to take back some control of how our bodies respond to whatever is causing our stress.
Diaphragmatic breathing works by stimulating the vagus nerve, which is also called the "wandering nerve," because it wanders all over our body, coming into contact with most of our major organs including our heart, lungs and brain. When it is stimulated, it triggers the parasympathetic nervous system - better known as the relaxation response. Who doesn't want to feel more relaxed these days?
Check out the video below by Ellie Drake to learn more about how to use diaphragmatic breathing to calm your body and mind.
Then, please enjoy a 12 minute guided meditation on following the breath to help you relax, rest and unwind. If, at anytime, you feel uncomfortable during this meditation gently open your eyes and stop the meditation.
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