Take a deep breath…

As we age, breathing tends to shift to our chest, becoming more shallow and rapid.   Shallow chest breathing is associated with increased anxiety and depression, a lack of focus and mental sluggishness.

Recent research has also shown that breathing slowly and deeply may be as good as some medicines at banishing pain. One theory is that slow breathing reduces pain by having a direct effect on the sympathetic nervous system – fibres in the central nervous system which help to control blood flow and skin temperature. Studies have shown that dampening down the sympathetic nervous system can block pain.

Take a moment to practise some simple slow deep breathing right now , and repeat it whenever you feel overwhelmed or anxious. Your body and your mind will thank you for it.