Why Deep Breathing Works
Take a deep breath. If you pay attention you’ll notice your heart rate begins to slow down. When you breathe deeply, your body can’t help but respond that way. It’s intrinsic.
Deep breathing can bring balance by blocking your sympathetic (fight or flight) response when stress—or Omg it’s Sunday night and I have to go to work tomorrow—comes your way
It may sound cliche, but it’s actually rooted in science and body mechanics. When you take a deep breath your lungs expand and trigger the vagus (‘wandering’) nerve- a nerve that spreads throughout your entire body connecting your brain to your tongue to your lungs to your heart and intestines. It’s a part of your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest)
Your brain, lungs and heart are so vital in maintaining mental and physical balance- and when you breath deeply it activates that vagus nerve, lowering your heart rate and bringing a sense of calm back to your body
So, take a long, deep breath and imagine your lungs filling. Hold it for a few seconds. Exhale slowly