By Christina Sarich, The Mind Unleashed
When you’re stressed out you hold your breath. You likely don’t mean to, but stress causes a physiological demand on your body which results in a cascade of responses – changing your brain, your hormones, and even how you breathe. Oddly though, just changing your breath, you can slow the release of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine so that you start feeling more like a cuddly lamb and less like a rhino about to charge a bullseye.
The way we breathe can determine if we add to our current level of stress, or turn it around, literally changing our physiology, and reducing a state of hyper-vigilance resulting from the ancient fight-or-flight response.