Breathe yourself better!

Breathe yourself better!

The good news is that there is increasing evidence that you can take control of these symptoms and actually control them through your breathing and heartbeat, calling off the sympathetic response and upregulating the parasympathetic nervous system. It is also really easy to do and needs no equipment. Any exercise involving deep and regular breathing (meditation, mindfulness, biofeedback such as HeartmathTM, or yoga) can slow down your heart rate and upregulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Doing this alone can result in calming the mind, but if you combine your breathing with feelings of gratitude or compassion, significant benefits in mood and wellbeing are seen. This actually modifies your heartbeat to a healthier pattern and can influence your brain to be calmer. If you practice this regularly, you can modify the neural pathways involved which results in longer term benefits. Breathing at 6 breaths/min (which involves breathing in for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds (a ‘breathpacer’ can be helpful for guiding this) seems to be the optimal pace for controlling your heart rate into a state of optimal health.

At Stopfainting we use HeartMathTM because the app gives get direct feedback on your heart rate from different breathing patterns, but there are many ways of doing this. We recommend trying different things and seeing what works for you.

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Watch Dr Lim giving a demonstration of HeartMath biofeedback device on the following link:

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