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Fighting Anxiety with Breathwork

Updated: Mar 24

The modern day life is usually accompanied by a prevalence of anxiety, a persistent feeling of apprehension or fear, and while various approaches exist to manage this emotional state, one particularly potent tool has emerged at the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern science: breathwork.

Here, we will delve into the fascinating world of biohacking the nervous system

through breathwork, and how various alterations to your breathing pattern can rapidly activate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) to bring about a sense of safety and grounding in the body.

Breathwork as a Biohacking Tool

Biohacking involves consciously manipulating our biology to optimize physical and mental performance. In the realm of anxiety, breathwork is a powerful biohacking tool, allowing individuals to take charge of their nervous system and cultivate a state of calm resilience. The keylies in understanding how breathwork directly influences the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

The Autonomic Nervous System and Breathwork:

The ANS comprises the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, often likened to the gas andbrake pedals of our physiological responses.

During moments of anxiety, the sympathetic nervoussystem (SNS) kicks in, triggering the "fight or flight" response.

This is where breathwork becomes a biohacker's ally.

Breathwork, particularly techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, engages the parasympathetic nervous system—the body's built-in relaxation response.

But what's truly remarkable is the speed at which breathwork can activate the PNS, making it one of the fastest-known methods to shift the body from a state of heightened alertness to one of deep relaxation.

Creating Safety and Grounding:

Beyond its role in biohacking the nervous system, breathwork fosters a profound sense of safetyand grounding in the body.

The intentional focus on the breath brings attention to the presentmoment, anchoring individuals in the here and now.

This mindfulness aspect of breathwork encourages the brain to interpret the current environment as safe, mitigating the perception of threats that often fuels anxiety.

Incorporating Biohacking Breathwork into Daily Life:

To truly unlock the potential of breathwork as a biohacking tool for anxiety, integration into your daily routine is paramount. Establishing a dedicated practice ensures that the benefits of conscious breathing become ingrained in your physiological responses, acting as a shield against the onslaught of anxiety.

Here are some practical steps to seamlessly weave breathwork to fight anxiety into your daily life:

Morning Rituals:

Begin your day with a few minutes of intentional breathing.

As you wake up, take amoment to connect with your breath, setting a positive tone for the day ahead.

We suggest trying our ‘Quick Morning Uplift’ or ‘Open Your Heart’ sessions in the morning!

Stressful Transitions:

Identify stressful moments in your routine, such as commuting or transitioning between tasks.

Use these opportunities to practice biohacking breathwork and preemptively shift your nervous system toward a more relaxed state.

Try out ‘BoxBreathing’ or ‘One Minute Breath’ throughout your day.

Mindful Breaks:

Incorporate short breathwork sessions during breaks at work or school.

A few minutes of conscious breathing can act as a reset button, allowing you to approach tasks with renewed focus and clarity. Sessions ‘Lunchtime Pause’ or ‘Breath for Balance’ are great for short breaks!

Evening Wind-Down:

End your day with a deliberate breathwork session.

This can help release accumulated tension, preparing your body and mind for a restful night's sleep. At the end of the day practice a session such as ‘Be Present Now’ or ‘Daily Unwind’ or perhaps use the breath to have a great night of sleep with ‘Breathing into Sleep’.

Consistency is the key to success in biohacking through breathwork!

However, the true beauty of the practice lies in its accessibility during unexpected moments of anxiety. The next time you sense anxiety creeping up, try the simple yet profound breathwork technique of sighing. Next time you notice anxiety creeping up on you, try a few moments of conscious breathing and notice the instant effects and relief it can provide:

• Pause: When you feel anxiety surfacing, pause.

• Posture: Try and relax your posture if you can. Unclenching the jaw and relaxing the shoulders.

• Breathe: Inhale deeply and sharply through your nose twice, feeling your diaphragm expand. Exhale slowly through your mouth, releasing tension.

• Repeat: Continue this conscious breathing 3-5 times, paying attention to the calming effects.


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