There is so much we can do to alleviate emotional stress. From taking a deep breathe to taking a pill there are many choices we can make to get our emotional stress at a healthy and balanced level. We must look for ways that benefit us the most and fit our personalities like a glove. Many methods can be explored and both preventative and in-the-moment techniques can be used to great effect. Much has been written to that end in this blog so feel free to explore. Let us look at one of the most effective techniques that will help us alleviate emotional stress.
Take a deep breath!
It is so very simple and so very effective. It is extraordinary what can be accomplished with deep breathing. Let’s walk through the process. You can breath into three parts of your lungs. Those three parts being upper chest, middle chest, and abdomen. This can be separated into two more parts each as we can actively choose to breath into the front or the back of the lungs. Right now take a deep breath and notice where it is you are breathing. Is it your upper chest? As babies we breathed into the entirety of our lungs. In the process of growing up we become more stressed. Many of us have changed the way we breathe. Ideally when we breathe in we should be breathing equally into the three parts of our lungs equally in the front and back.
Re-pattern away those bad habits
Breathing in this way is not only a great way to calm down but it is a great way to breath all the time. Maintaining this breath will help prevent stress from arising. It will also improve the oxygenation of the lungs which will in turn benefit every cell of our body. In almost every single case of a heart attack has come from an individual with a shallow upper-chest breathing pattern. Once we enter a new habit of breathing it becomes second nature to us. The benefits are obvious and we can feel and see a difference. Our emotional stress response will be lowered as will our emotional stress levels! Re-pattern your breathing and find a new sense of peace and a deeper level of health.