A recent study (Thayer et al., 2010;Plans et al., 2019) revealed the surprising relationship between slow breathing and the body’s system that affects heart rate, respiratory functions, and digestion. Controlled, deep breathing appears to be an effective means of maximizing Heart Rate Variability, or HRV. This is the variation in the time interval between heartbeats.
In a normal, healthy situation, HRV should increase during relaxing activities like meditation and sleep, but decrease during stress or exercise. However if chronically stressed or overloaded, the body can get stuck in an anxious, stressed “fight state”, even when resting. This chronic stress and anxiety is very consuming on the body and can result in various mental and physical health problems.
By increasing HRV you can not only improve your autonomic nervous system function, but also reduce high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Controlled deep breathing exercises can be a powerful, natural tool to use when feeling anxious, depressed, or when struggling to get to sleep.
A study has also linked the effects of controlled breathing to emotions (Philippot, Chapelle, & Blairy, 2002). By following breathing patterns associated with different emotions, those corresponding emotions will be felt. This could be the game changer you’ve been searching for, in your quest to calm anxiety, and improve mood.
Today you can try these exercises FREE so you can enjoy a calmer state and better mood each day and a refreshing sleep every night.