Can breath help with stress management?! The latest studies seem to say yes! Conscious and controlled breathing can help to lower stress levels. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the body’s ‘rest and digest’ response, and conscious breath helps to activate this particular nervous response, lowering heart rate and blood pressure.
For additional information on the link between breath and health, you can read the my article on ‘Breathing Techniques for optimal health’
The combination of breathing exercises , gentle movement and nourishing food is a hugely positive for supporting our health. With this goal in mind, I have created a 7 day programme focused on ‘head to toe’ nutrition!
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There are 15 recipes (breakfast, lunch and supper) along with a daily breathing exercise for you to explore. The recipes are as always, delicious, colourful and easy to prepare. Do not hesitate to adapt them to suit your preferences as well as adjusting the quantities to suit your appetite.
There are 5 different breathing techniques for you to try including belly breathing, taking deep slow breaths in your belly. The other techniques aim to ensure your exhale is of an equal length or longer than your inhale, which helps to calm down the nervous system and generate a feeling of relaxation. One of my favourite techniques is ‘alternate nostril breathing‘ breathing, known as Nadi Shodhana pranayama in Sanskrit. As well as finding it helps to support my stress levels, I also find it keeps me very mindful – concentrating on my alternate inhales and exhales, ensures that I stay present.
I have suggested starting with one breathing exercise a day. The aim is for you to try them all and see which technique works best for you! I enjoy putting on some relaxing music and spending 15 minutes using all of the five breathing techniques at the end of a busy day.
I hope you enjoy this booklet!