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Our natural tendency when confronted is to be defensive, and it is often hard to keep cool during a stressful situation.
The Polyvagal Theory, based on new research in neuroscience offers some insights on this automatic ‘fight-or-flight’ self-regulation done by us during moments of anxiety, pressure and stress. Specific tactics in the theory help us provide a better response which involves creativity, collaboration and thriving.
Our nervous system, specifically the vagus nerve, regulates threat and stressful situations, with a three-part response:
The fight or flight response (also known as the acute stress response), refers to a physiological reaction that occurs when we are in the presence of something that is mentally or physically terrifying.
The term "fight-or-flight" represents our ancient ancestors' choices when faced with danger in their environment.
Deep breathing encourages full oxygen exchange, slows the heartbeat and lowers/stabilizes blood pressure. This is specifically so when we engage our abdomen in our breathing practice.
Steps for Deep Breathing Practice:
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