You have the power to trigger your own self-healing and activate your inner pharmacy. The key is to down-regulate stress and activate your parasympathetic nervous system. And one of the best ways to do that is with breathwork.
Your autonomic nervous system is composed of 2 parts:
The goal is for these two parts to be in homeostasis, with neither of them overactive. However, for most people, the SNS is constantly being activated by stress.
The sympathetic nervous system is your fight or flight mode. In this state, your heart rate increases, your blood pressure goes up, your are alert and ready for action. This is great in certain situations. However, being in this state longer than necessary leads to chronic stress and health challenges.
Every time you inhale, you activate the SNS.
The parasympathetic nervous system is your rest, relax, and digest state. Your heart rate and blood pressure go down. In this state, your body can regenerate and heal.
Every time you exhale, you activate the PNS.
Your breath is a powerful regulator of your autonomic nervous system. How you breath can influence which part of your nervous system is being activated.
When you extend your exhales to be longer than your inhales you are stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. This is a powerful way to relax, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and activate healing.
In this guided breathwork meditation, you will practice breathing in a slow rhythm, breathing in for a count of four and out for a count of eight.
This may be a little challenging if you're new to breathwork as the exhale is long. But keep practicing.
You will inhale through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.
I will be guiding you during this session with healing mantras and affirmations. Allow yourself to embody these words as you breath.
This is a great daily practice to do at night before bed.