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Discover Your Diaphragm……

There is a primal relationship between our emotions and breath. A visual image is a crying child moving into a full-blown tantrum. As the tantrum escalates it becomes more difficult for the child to breathe. The perfect antidote to emotional stress and anxiety is diaphragmatic breathing. By consciously taking control of our breath we automatically trigger our parasympathetic nervous system. The branch of the nervous system that keeps us calm, relaxed and balanced. Through this powerful connection we activate our relaxation response and short circuits our stress response. The following simple exercise will introduce you to your diaphragm. It can be done sitting up or lying down. Begin by closing your eyes.  Start to notice the breath moving in out through your nose. To strengthen the connection place you finger under your nose to feel it. Once that connection is made. Now, rest your hand on your belly. Continue breathing in and out. Feel it raising and falling as you inhale and exhale. As soon as you experience belly movement. You are breathing diagrammatically. Remember practice makes perfect. So, practice triggering your relaxation response by consciously connecting with your diaphragm. It is just that simple. margiesdaughter.com