Inhale… good. Now exhale.

Inhale… good. Now exhale... 

 

First thing's first. It’s time to take a breath. Literally. Today’s exercise is all about breathing techniques. A little something we do all day every day, without even thinking about it. Until now. By focusing on the way we breathe, we can lessen the effects of negative stress on the body and turn it into something useful. Oh and by the way, Navy SEALS do this and I think we can all agree they have a fair amount to stress about.

 

It's science

  • Increased awareness of breathing is thought to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to release of acetylcholine; a neurotransmitter that counteracts the effects of the sympathetic nervous system, thereby reducing the stress response.

  • Diaphragm breathing causes other organs to move, increasing circulation and digestion; breathing with the chest/shoulders does not.

Where should you start?

Let's try the 3/3/6 breathing technique. You will be taking three deep breaths.  First, place your hands on your diaphragm to remind yourself to breath from this area.  When you inhale, imagine that your diaphragm is a balloon that expands and when you exhale, imagine that balloon deflating.
 
Ready?….Inhale through your nose for a count of three, hold that breath for a count of three, and exhale through your mouth for a count of six. The exhale is twice as long as the inhale and should be done through the mouth with a sigh.  You should hear the exhale. Pause after each deep breath. Repeat three times. 

 

Extra credit

The 3/3/6 breath can be done anywhere and at anytime.  We ask that you practice this daily while you are taking the R3SET supplement.  Ideally, practice this exercise at the same time you are taking the supplement in the morning/evening, using the wonderful aromatic experience of the bottle to aid in the breathing exercise.   Feel free to practice throughout the day as well – anytime you want to calm your mind and body. 

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