Anxiety, anger and distress create rapid breathing as a "fight or flight" response to increase oxygen in our system.
A calm nervous system creates slow, deep, relaxed breathing to supply the required oxygen to the system, using least effort. The oxygen requirement is much less compared to what is needed for fight/flight.
A study was conducted asking people to breathe in particular "patterns" and they were asked to report the associated feeling.
Surprisingly, what they reported corresponded to the right emotion, even though they weren't aware of the patterns.
Breathing is not just about oxygen, it's also how we receive odors which contain important sensory information.
When we encounter a rotten smell like decomposting eggs or a dead rat, we automatically start to breathe fast and shallow. This is because our body is trying to invoke the 'flight' response so that we move away from this potential threat (bacteria or nearby predators).
On the other hand, scents like roses or fresh bread leads to slow, long breaths (inviting you near the smell).
One study analyzed 9,500 people watching 16 different films, from rom coms to horror, and looked at the air composition throughout the film.
Suspenseful moments showed upticks in CO2 and isoprene, a chemical associated with the tensing of muscles. Isn't that fascinating?
Understanding this bi-directional relationship can be really helpful.
Try this simple exercise.
With practice, you can consistently be aware of your emotions and breath.
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