Breathe. Exhale. Repeat.

LESLEY ALDERMAN, ‘Breathe. Exhale. Repeat.’,, The New York Times, (15 november 2016).

Controlled breathing

Controlled breathing (…) has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. (…) Studies have found (…) that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder. (…) It’s meditation for people who can’t meditate. (…) When you take slow, steady breaths, your brain gets the message that all is well and activates the parasympathetic response. (…) Researchers found that the breathing exercise group’s saliva had significantly lower levels of three cytokines that are associated with inflammation and stress.

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