Join us for a four-part series to prevent you from sleep walking through life.
Part 1: Fight or Flight
Follow this link for a previous blog post about Fight or Flight.
In this post we are focusing on the breathing aspect and how it effects the fight or flight response.
The Relaxation Response
The good news is that there are ways to reduce the negative impacts of stress, to “bring down the volume” and maintain balance. While the “fight-or-flight response” or “stress response” was scientifically “discovered” and named in the early 20th century, it wasn’t until the 1970s that a Harvard-trained cardiologist named Herbert Benson identified the body’s opposite reaction, which he coined “the relaxation response.”
The best way to elicit a basic, breath-focused relaxation response is by sitting in a chair with your back as straight as possible, legs unfolded, and hands resting in your lap. Gently close your eyes. If you’re using a word or phrase as your focus, begin to repeat it in rhythm with your breathing. Let your breath be easy, let go of any other thoughts, and continue to repeat your focus as you breathe in and breathe out.” (source - psychcentral.com)
Also, visit the breathing post titled “Air” from The Balance Point to get more tips for using breath to help with relaxation and prevent the adverse effects of the Fight or Flight Response. Pay special attention to the “Bell Breathing” section to learn how to most effectively use breath for better health.
Part 2: “Organic is the same as fast food?”
Part 3: “Awareness (Body and Life)”
Part 4: “Mindful Movement”