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During periods of panic, anxiety or confusion, one of the best strategies is to slow down and focus on your breath. Yes this is not new, and many people know about this, and still are not able to implement.
Our brains’ dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the thinking and planning department, is our short-term working memory, just like the RAM in our computers. If we occupy the RAM space of our brain with too much worry, the working memory can crash.
Mindfulness can get our thinking brain back to being usable and free, as it acts as a junk cleaner of our mind. As meditation can be challenging for many, one can use a simple breathing exercise to ‘reboot’ the RAM in our brains. This is known as the Five Finger Breathing.
Five Finger Breathing makes the use of many of your senses, including eyesight and touch along with an awareness of the multiple locations in your body, like your hands, nose and lungs. This helps you get back to reality and insulates you from the ongoing worry.
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How it’s done: Inhale for a count of 4, then exhale for a count of 4, all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath. Once you manage it, you can go up to a c...
When it works best: Before an exam, or any stressful event.
How it’s done: Starting in a comfortable meditative pose, hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril. Continue the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb and exhaling through the left nostril.
When it works best: Crunch time, or whenever it’s time to focus or energize.
Breathing exercises are an ancient and time-tested technique to reduce stress, manage negative emotions and help with many other ailments.
New studies show that breathing e...
When we are in a highly stressed state, no amount of ‘talking’ can calm us down as our brain's prefrontal cortex region is impaired at those moments.
Breathing regulates our emotions like stress, anxiety and anger, and helps us regain control of our mind.