There is a primal relationship between our emotions and breath. Diaphragmatic breathing is a powerful physiological response that manages our stress and anxiety. It triggers our relaxation response and short circuits our stress response by activating our parasympathetic nervous system.This is the branch of our nervous system that keeps us calm and relaxed. The following exercise introduces you to the diaphragm. It can be done sitting up or lying down. Select one that is the most comfortable for you. Once comfortable close your eyes. Notice your breath moving in out through the nose. To strengthen the connection to your breath. Place a finger under your nose. Feel your breath flowing in and out. Once that connection is made. Rest a hand on your stomach. Continue to breath in and out. Soon, you will feel the stomach raising and falling with each inhale and exhale. Once you experience belly movement. You are breathing diagrammatically. Remember, practice makes perfect. Practice triggering your relaxation response. Take Control. Connect with the power of your diaphragm. It is just that simple. margiesdaughter.com
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