Following this simple breathing exercise can help your body to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and calm your nerves when your body feels stressed and overworked.
You are stressed, hyper and overworked. At such times, the easiest way to calm yourself down is to breathe. Breathing is an underrated activity that can work wonders and soothe your mind and calm your mind. Taking long deep breaths can help in telling your body that everything is fine and under control.
When you exhale deeply, the parasympathetic nervous system comes into action and relaxes your sympathetic nervous system. It lowers your blood pressure, slowers your breathing and brings your body to a state of calm. Here is a simple breathing exercise to bring your body into a parasympathetic state whenever needed.
Sit at a place where you feel the most comfortable and sit tall with your back straight. Close your eyes and breathe through your nose.
For following this simple exercise, while breathing in, inhale for 2 counts and pause while inhaling for a single count.
Exhale for 4 counts and pause at the last exhale for one count to keep your exhale time longer than your inhale time.
Breathe evenly and in a relaxed and calm manner. Once you get the hang of the 2-4 counts then you can push yourself to inhale for 4 counts and exhale for 6 counts.
In the beginning, to keep a track of time, you can set a timer. Do this breathing exercise every day for 5 minutes to improve your mood and to get your body into the parasympathetic state.
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