Connected breathing, also known as circular or conscious breathing, is a breathing technique that involves taking deep, full breaths in a continuous cycle, without pausing between inhaling and exhaling. This technique has been shown to help alleviate anxiety and stress by increasing the supply of oxygen to the body, slowing down the heart rate, and activating the body’s relaxation response.
Here are some ways connected breathing can help with anxiety and stress:
- Reducing tension and promoting relaxation: When we’re stressed or anxious, our bodies tend to tense up, leading to physical discomfort and tightness. Connected breathing can help to release this tension, promoting relaxation and reducing physical discomfort.
- Regulating the nervous system: Connected breathing helps regulate the autonomic nervous system, which controls our fight or flight response. By engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, we can promote feelings of calm and relaxation, which can help to alleviate anxiety and stress.
- Increasing oxygen supply: When we breathe deeply and continuously, we increase the supply of oxygen to our bodies. This can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as improve overall physical health.
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