Sometimes getting fit, strong or healthy feels so overwhelming! If you don’t know what to do or where to start, focus on getting a quick win.
Try this 5 minute health tip today!
Breathe Into a Parasympathetic State
When you feel like you are stressing, snowballing, or losing control of a situation, take 5 minutes to be still and breathe. Place your hands on your abdomen, with your hand stretching between the bottom of your ribs and bellybutton. You can do this sitting up, but lay down if possible.
Breathe through your nose, feeling your hands expand up and out. This breathing pattern will redirect you into a parasympathetic state, which allows you to think and perform calmly. This is the opposite of sympathetic, which is the fight-flight-freeze situation you have heard of before.
This is great both for health and performance reasons, so you can do this before a big meeting, before a physical competition, or even to wind down before bed.
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About the author
Kathryn Alexander is a strength coach and personal trainer in Austin, Texas. She loves hiking, college football, and the feel of a perfectly knurled barbell. Read more about Kathryn here.