If you are finding that you are not as productive as you would like to be, the answer may be simple. You may have too much stress at work. The key to becoming more successful is to calm your system down. A simple breathing exercise can help you with that. This calming breaking technique can relax your body so that you can focus on your work.
- The idea that breathing exercises can somehow calm you down is an ancient one—yoga isn’t a recent development, you know.
- The answer lies in the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for the automatic functions that keep our body ticking.
- Our lungs are filled with receptors that tell our brains whether we are inhaling or exhaling, explained Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, an assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at New York Medical College and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath
“But few people understand exactly how breathing can relieve stress on a physiological level and can even be used to increase workplace productivity.”