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Just Breathe October 3, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Green-Yin-YangThe Yin and Yang of our nervous system are the sympathetic and parasympathetic.

When we are stressed, the sympathetic nervous system activates the fight-or-flight response.

In contrast, the parasympathetic nervous system governs the rest-and-relaxation response.

To recover from excess stress, we need only remember to press the “pause button” . . . by taking a deep breath.

Donald-DirectorBreathing triggers the relaxation response by signaling the vagus nerve to initiate a healing waterfall of hormones.

Once activated, those hormones calm us.  They also reduce cortisol levels, boost brain function, reduce inflammation, and lower heart rate and blood pressure.

So breathe.  Just breathe.

Aah . . . that’s better! 



1. Jill Weatherholt - October 3, 2016

Great reminder, Nancy!

nrhatch - October 3, 2016

Just sitting with our breath for 5-10 minutes is ultra-healing for our over-worked adrenal glands.

2. Under the Oaks - October 3, 2016

Okay! Sounds great!

nrhatch - October 3, 2016

Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
~ Thich Nhat Hahn

3. Kate Crimmins - October 3, 2016

Deep breathing always works.

nrhatch - October 3, 2016

It reminds us to flow with life instead of against the current.

4. L. Marie - October 3, 2016

Wow. Such a simple fix. So why do I always forget to do this???

nrhatch - October 3, 2016

Sitting with our breath every day for 5-10 minutes helps reinforce the connection so that we remember to use this valuable tool when we need to de-stress . . . NOW!

Put on some relaxing music and Just Breathe!

5. Ally Bean - October 3, 2016

Intentional deep breathing is great. If only I could remember to do it when I’m in a stressful situation I’d be so much better off. But I often forget in the moment and *kaplooey* I’m upset. Still, when I do remember, with the flow I go.

nrhatch - October 3, 2016

The more we recognize the benefit, the more apt we are to apply it when we need it.

When I notice “upsetting” or “unsettling” thoughts, I try to step into the role of detached observer. That shift reminds me to keep breathing.

Unless I forget. 😉

6. Tiny - October 3, 2016

I love this ancient truth! Have practiced it since my 30s…and believe that I’m still around much thanks to it. Seriously.

nrhatch - October 3, 2016

I’ve been focusing on mindful breathing more lately in order to give my adrenal gland a break from stress . . . especially self-induced stress. It’s starting to pay dividends.

7. diannegray - October 3, 2016

I just stretched my arms into the air and took a deep breath after reading this, Nancy. Ahhhh, that’s better xxxx

nrhatch - October 4, 2016

That’s the ticket! Breathe and S~T~R~E~T~C~H.

8. Bun Karyudo - October 3, 2016

I don’t know about the technical side of things, but taking the time to just stop and take a deep breath once in a while is something I can definitely agree with.

nrhatch - October 4, 2016

Breathing can be a life saver!

9. livelytwist - October 4, 2016

So that’s why they say, “Just calm down and take a deep breath.” Although it’s very annoying when you’re shooting steam. Now I know to heed the advice. 🙂

nrhatch - October 4, 2016

The rush of adrenaline we get when we’re “shooting steam” can be very detrimental to our health and well-being . . . unless we really need our body to prepare for “fight or flight.”

Exercise is great for counter-balancing stress. But a few calming breaths is an instant antidote for dis-ease.

10. Val Boyko - October 4, 2016

Breathe well and keep moving my friend. This, along with humor, is the answer for the best of health and longevity 😎
According to research, having a great spouse also helps!

nrhatch - October 4, 2016

Yes! A sense of humor and a supportive partner add to our health and wellness in a BIG way.

11. Debra - October 6, 2016

We’ve been talking a bit about this in our household lately. With retirement new to both of us, we recognize that it’s taken a little while to recalibrate after a long period of stressful activity. Most of our stress was tied to rushing from long commuter drives moving from one function or deadline to the next. With more time at our disposal we’ve gradually stopped the stress-adrenaline responses and at first we felt exhaustion–we were tied to the energy boost that comes with high cortisol levels and unhealthy hormones, but at least they kept us moving. LOL! We are slowly finding new rhythms and we are breathing in the calm. If we aren’t actually adding years to our lives, we are at least adding the quality of living! 🙂

nrhatch - October 6, 2016

Retirement takes some adjustment . . . since our identity is often tied in with our livelihood. Keep breathing in the calm!

12. annwilliams2 - October 28, 2016

Deep Breathing really works! Thanks for explaining how it works. Joy!!! AFW

nrhatch - October 28, 2016

Thanks, Ann! Have a wonderful weekend.

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