Whilst we may not notice it, stress has a horrible way of inhibiting and constrain your breathing pattern, affecting our perception and emotion. The more severe the stress, the more we tend to literally ‘hold’ our breath.
To break the trance, catch a moment of self-awareness and put your attention immediately to your breath ….deep breath in, deep breath out…. and in turn, this will tell you all you need to know about your state and how stressed you are, stimulating your ‘right brain’ and calming the nervous system, activating a relaxation response. Try it right now! Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4 ….(see if you can take your exhales all the to 8 for a deepened sense of relaxation).