The power of a ‘Physiological Sigh’

Life can throw us many challenging situations during a typical day. A simple technique called the 'Physiological Sigh' can have a significant impact on reducing stress.

Emails, calls, deadlines looming, rushing to pick up the children from school or being late for an appointment when every traffic light seems to deliberately turn red! These are just some of the everyday stresses that we all face. 

Next time you are feeling a little overwhelmed or stressed, try this instant stress buster.

A simple technique called the ‘Physiological Sigh’ can have a real impact on reducing stress. To practice, take a double inhale – the first inhale should ideally be  through your nose and then, before you feel you have reached the maximum, take another inhale to top up, then slowly expel all the air from your lungs. This technique fills the lungs with oxygen and releases all the carbon dioxide, instantly reducing stress. One round is good but two to three can really help.

This breathing technique was developed by Dr. Andrew Huberman, a renowned neuroscientist who has extensively researched the effects of breathing on the brain and body. The Physiological Sigh technique is designed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s relaxation response.

It’s a technique that can be performed at anywhere, any time, particularly when you’re feeling a little stressed or just require a little help relaxing. 

Find out more and let Dr. Huberman talk you through this practice on YouTube.


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