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Exhale the Stress, Inhale the Good Intentions

One of the easiest and most accessible ways to combat stress and feel refreshed is through the breath. Our breathing, which operates as part of the Autonomic Nervous System, happens mostly without our conscious control, but breathing consciously can have many benefits. Most of us, especially during times of stress, breathe quickly and shallowly, which can deplete our bodies of oxygen, and not fully eliminate carbon dioxide, leaving us feeling sluggish and tired. Taking a deep breath into the belly nourishes our system with oxygen, and during exhalation, activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System which has a calming effect on our nervous system. Throughout your day, find moments to take at least 3 slow deep breaths and experience the positive impact this practice can have on you.

By David Scammell (Psychotherapist)

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