5 steps to make stress work for you: 3. Breathe from your belly
So far in the 5-part video series to help you start taking control over your stress, I have covered:
- Understanding the stress response: http://bit.ly/2uiwz5m
- Changing the way you perceive stress: http://bit.ly/2OEVKX1
In video 3, I talk about breathing from your belly. Breathing from your belly is an incredible way to reduce the fight or flight response, and switch on the parasympathetic nervous system – in short – it helps relax you!
When helping individuals to de-stress I always start with teaching them how to breathe. Given that breathing is an automatic function you would think we do it the correct way. However, this is not the case – many of us have developed nasty habits ohver time with our breathing…usually leaving us breathing heavily from our chest. This is problematic as it can both trigger the fight or flight response, &/or worsen our symptoms of stress.
In this video, I walk you over how to breathe correctly to calm your stress response down. Check it out!