... is the fastest, most effective way to trigger the relaxation response, enabling you to think more clearly and perform better under pressure.
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We loose the ability to breath deeply naturally as we age: deep breathing comes naturally to children, but we lose the ability because we’re in a constant state of fight-or-flight, low-level stress. Our breathing migrates up in our bodies; it's an anxious breath.
The Navy SEALs use 2 breathing techniques that force the body into a more relaxed state when they’re in a high-pressure situation:
Is a technique to use when you feel yourself having a fight-or-flight response. It involves all your breathing muscles–from chest to belly.
It’s meant to ground you, sharpen your concentration, and leave you feeling alert but calm.
When it works best: Before an exam, or any stressful event.