It's free, always with you your breath! 5-FINGER BREATHING is an easy way to develop the skill of slow, deep rhythmic breathing, aim for your five fingers to take 1 minute, repeat as many times as you need. I always start with some shoulder rolls to let go of the tension I might be holding so I don't send mixed messages to my brain.
The sympathetic nervous system is the part of the nervous system that mobilises you into action. If your nervous system detects a threat, real or perceived, it will trigger the fight/flight/freeze response. If there isn’t a real threat, and you do not need the mobilisation of our protective mechanisms, then we need to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part that calms us down.
The vagus nerve is the most influential nerve in our parasympathetic nervous system. It functions like your body’s natural RESET button. Learning how to stimulate your vagus nerve allows you to bring about the calm that makes us feel safe, collected and connected. I'll share more ways to stimulate the vagus nerve over the next month.