How to reduce stress

I was doing research on permanent stress and found the solution.

Simply put, when we’re just thinking that we’re going through a rough patch, we’re experiencing major changes in our blood flow. The brain thinks that we have to do something about it as quickly as possible and the well-known FFF response (fight, flight or freeze) gets into play.

It’s all about our sympathetic nervous system. It’s responsible for dealing with even minor stress when we’re worried. And normally if the stress doesn’t happen on a daily basis, our parasympathetic nervous system can handle it.

It’s like an antagonist of our sympathetic nervous system. It’s responsible for relaxation and sleep and maintenance stuff like digestion. But. If we worry about something on a daily basis, our parasympathetic nervous system is somewhat wearing out. It is no longer able to calm us down and provide with proper sleep and digestion. In turn, our sympathetic nervous system becomes the main hero and puts all the maintenance stuff like digestion and normal sleep on hold.

Of course, I’m not here to retell the biology classes that we all had learned in school. I just decided to dive deeper and find the solution how to get the worn out parasympathetic nervous system back to life. So number one solution is diaphragmatic breathing. When we breathe deeply and slowly for at least 20 minutes a day, our parasympathetic nervous system regains its power and sympathetic nervous system “thinks” that everything is perfectly okay in the outside world. In this case our parasympathetic nervous system starts working properly and repairing the digestion and sleep to the fullest.

Please, try this out. It takes time of course. But if you set a schedule, you’ll see the result within a few days, a week at the most. The most important thing is you can practice diaphragmatic breathing whenever you want, wherever you want. It requires zero money and zero equipment.

Stay healthy and keep going.

2 thoughts on “How to reduce stress

    • Yes, they can be combined, especially at the very beginning of a meditation. But the diaphragmatic breathing is too strong so to speak and takes conscious effort, while it’s better to breath calmly during meditations, not pushing your limits. Thanks for stopping by. I’m doing fine, hope you are as well.

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