Breathing for Balance
The Power of Cyclic Sighing
Breathing is a fundamental aspect of our well-being. It's a tool that can help us regain balance when world events and life's demands become overwhelming. Our breath has a direct connection to our autonomic nervous system, which controls our body's stress response.
A fast and shallow breath pattern, or even holding our breath, signals danger to our nervous system, leaving us in a state of heightened vigilance and tension. So, how can we change this and make our breath a signal of safety?
One simple technique to reset and retrain our nervous system is Cyclic Sighing. This method involves taking two nasal inhales (to lungs full) and then exhaling fully through your mouth (to lungs empty) as if blowing through a narrow straw.
Research shows that just five minutes of Cyclic Sighing can outperform meditation. In a recent study, it was found to be more effective in reducing stress improving sleep, heart rate variability, and mood compared to other breathing techniques, including box breathing.
In just a few minutes a day, you can take control of your breath, reduce stress, and improve your overall well-being. Give Cyclic Sighing a try and watch your nervous system regain balance.