In a previous blog post, I mentioned the benefits of deep breathing. In addition to deep breathing, alternate nostril breathing can be effective in helping you reduce stress.
In fact, inhaling through the left nostril triggers the rest/relaxation response (parasympathetic nervous system) and inhaling through the right stimulates the fight/flight response (sympathetic nervous system). By choosing which nostril you use to inhale, you can make yourself either more relaxed (left nostril) or more energized (right nostril).
When you alternate your nostril breathing, you actually bring your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems into equilibrium, which will help dampen your overactive stress response.
So try breathing out of each nostril individually, and enjoy a more relaxed or energized feeling.
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Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.