The simple breathing technique proven to reduce your stress levels in seconds.
Stress is a part of life. We all deal with it. But when it becomes chronic or overwhelming, it can do serious damage to your health.
Too much stress increases your risk of physical and mental health problems such as heart disease, depression, and anxiety. It can also affect your immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness.
And while there are many stress management techniques like mediation, exercise, a retreat, etc. that help. They take time and often take you out of your routine.
They aren't useful in the moment. As anxiety or overwhelm creeps in.
Fortunately, there is a simple breathing technique that has been proven to reduce stress levels on the spot. It works within seconds!
It's a powerful tool you can use to manage your stress in real time. During your everyday life. Whenever you need it.
It's called the physiological sigh. And your body already does it naturally during deep sleep.
It was originally discovered in the 1930s. Now, thanks to the work of Dr. Jack Feldman at UCLA and Dr. Mark Krasnow at Stanford, it's re-emerged as a powerful technique you can use to relieve stress on the spot!
The physiological sigh works by offloading a significant amount of carbon dioxide all at once.
Here's how you do it in 3 simple steps:
- Take one deep inhale through your nose
- (after a brief pause) Inhale once more through your nose (no exhale in between)
- Followed by an extended exhale out of your mouth (until your lungs are empty)
Repeat this process 1 - 3 times if need.
Here's a video of Dr. Andrew Huberman demonstrating the physiological sigh:
Try it the next time you feel stressed or overwhelmed. It's truly amazing how quickly it works!