BETTER BREATHING TIDBITS
You can’t always avoid stressful situations that trigger the fight-or-flight response but you can use your breath to create the opposite effect – to ease the impact stress can have on your heart.
Hold your right nostril closed with one finger of your left nostril. Pause briefly and close your left nostril with the thumb of your left hand, releasing your first finger to exhale through your right nostril.
With your mouth closed, rapidly inhale and exhale. After 10 breaths, inhale once as deeply as possible, hold for two seconds or longer, and then exhale slowly.
Inhale for six seconds, then exhale for six. If that’s not comfortable, begin with shorter breaths and work up to six seconds.