Preparing for my Cowdray Hall sessions this week, I came across a great article on how mindful breathing can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and panic.
The simple practice of mindful breathing - of being aware of the feeling and sensation of our breath and using it as our anchor - can be tapped into at any time of the day or night. It works by helping us to step out of the 'fight/flight/freeze' nervous system in which we operate, often for significant parts of the day, during which time we can accumulate surplus amounts of adrenaline and cortisol which can be damaging for our bodies.
By becoming aware of our breath, we can start to activate the parasympathetic 'rest and digest' nervous system which allows us to feel a sense of calm, even after a short period of practice. To find out more, take a few minutes to read Bob Stahl's great article on mindful breathing and see how you feel after following his practice. Click here.