• Jeff Black

Your Breathing Matters

How you breathe is important when it comes to stimulating your nervous system to either fight/flight or rest/digest. When I work with clients who are stressed I encourage them to meditate because of what it does for the autonomic nervous system which regulates your sympathetic and parasympathetic branches.

Inhale - slight sympathetic response - fight or flight.

Exhale - slight parasympathetic response - rest and digest.

This is why in mediations that are guided you have a long exhale than inhale. Usually the one I go with is inhale 4, hold 4, exhale 4. This I do all the time and is probably a key reason I score more green recovery days on my Whoop and my HRV is in a good spot. Before bed is money too as it helps chill you out and allows your always running brain something else to focus on.

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