What is the best way to relieve Stress and Relax?
Deep BREATHING increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness.
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DID YOU KNOW YOUR BODY HAS A BUILT IN STRESS RELIEVER?
There are plenty of ways to relieve stress — exercise, a long soak in a hot bath, or even a massage. But believe it or not, something you're doing right now, probably without even thinking about it, is a proven stress reliever: BREATHING!
As it turns out, Deep Breathing is not only relaxing, it's been scientifically proven to affect the heart, the brain, digestion, the immune system — and maybe even the expression of genes. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g., decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension).
When eliciting the relaxation response:
• Your metabolism decreases
• Your heart beats slower and your muscles relax
• Your breathing becomes slower
• Your blood pressure decreases
• Your levels of nitric oxide are increased