It’s easy to feel powerless when faced with the overwhelming feelings of stress. Your palms can sweat, your heart beats faster, and your muscles can tense. But we have a lot more power over our reactions than we might think. The first steps to taking control are to take control of our breathing by practicing deep belly breathing.
- Using our breath, we actually have the power to activate our parasympathetic nervous system.
- Being able to tap into your breath as a resource to find a calm, centered space, no matter where you are, is an invaluable resource.
- it’s important to remember that when your heart starts racing or your palms get sweaty, your body is just trying to help prepare you.
“When we get stressed out or anxious, our body begins preparing us to face threat. Stress activates our sympathetic nervous system, triggering the fight-flight-or-freeze response.”