Day 3: Deep Breathing for a Parasympathetic Response
Jon talks with Elaine Williams about how to get out of “fear breathing” and into proper abdominal breathing to activate your parasympathetic nervous system (known as the "rest and digest" response). If you are having trouble getting the hang of deep breathing, watch the Day 3 bonus video below.
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Day 3 Bonus Video: A Technique to Get the Feel for Deep Breathing
Jon talks with Mind-Body Master Elaine Williams about proper abdominal breathing; topics covered include:
How we get into a “fear breathing” pattern, and the downsides of this pattern
A demonstration of proper abdominal breathing
The benefits of proper breathing
How and when to incorporate proper abdominal breathing into day-to-day life: Before stressful events, after meals, and at bedtime
*If you are having difficulty getting the feel for proper abdominal breathing, watch the bonus video above where Elaine Williams demonstrates a simple technique you might want to try.
Don’t edit and don’t worry about perfection … just write; questions for journaling:
Are you typically in a fear breathing pattern?
What was your experience with today’s deep breathing exercise?
When do you experience your most difficult emotions, and how can you use proper breathing as a tool to calm your mind and body?
On a 1-10 scale (10 being worst) how would you rate your pain today?