“I can’t help it. I just get so __________” (Fill in the blank…angry, anxious, worried, scared, sick, confused…)
Belly breathing is an effective way help your body to return to a less aroused state. Because breathing is one part of the sympathetic nervous system that can be regulated, changing how you breath can help you intercept reactive feelings. Calm breathing signals the body that things are safe, calm. Belly breathing literally calms the sympathetic nervous system, keeping heart rate lower and allowing the brain to actively respond to situations rather than react.
What is the difference?
Belly breathing is deep breathing that is drawn past your chest into your belly so that your belly expands and your chest is still; it signals the body that things are calm (like a long deep sigh that sinks you into the coach can signal relaxation). Chest breathing is shallow and can be rapid where your chest rises and falls as you breath; it signals the body that there could be danger.
What are the benefits?
It takes practice, to breath without making chest puff out. Practicing breathing with your diaphragm helps reduce stress. Being aware of your breathing, and learning to direct your breathing helps you to actively calm down when needed. This video is a fun way to remember to “Belly Breath”. Please share.