Diaphragm Breathing helps overcome Stress

Sine Wave Diaphragm breathing trigger para sympathetic nervous system; helps overcome Stress

Quality of Breathing is the first casualty under stress. Shallow and rapid chest breathing is a part of our response to stress, which can, in turn, prolongs anxiety and trauma more.


When we are stressed, our nervous system functions in the cortisol and adrenaline driven sympathetic ‘fight-flight-freeze’ response.


We hyperventilate when stressed

The sympathetic response causes pupils to dilate, increases sweating, heart rate, increases blood pressure, making us take short sharp breaths to help prepare us for the upcoming ‘fight’. In other words, we hyperventilate.

When we hyperventilate, the body starts drawing more air into the lungs than the required level. This leads to more oxygen into the bloodstream than the body can cope with.

As a result of breathing fast, more than the usual amount of carbon dioxide is washed out of the bloodstream, causing a pH imbalance.


It’s a vicious cycle

Reduced systemic carbon dioxide produces anxiety and other physical and mental symptoms, creating a vicious cycle in which our stress level further escalates.

Sine wave Diaphragm Breathing counteracts this Stress Cycle. Sine wave patterned Diaphragm Breathing relaxes the nervous system, activates alpha brain waves, encourages the Body to relax… by activating the Parasympathetic response; physiological antithesis of the stress response.

Aashish Nanda

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