What a gift, to be able to live your life staying on top of the mood swings that come with emotional and physiological burdens. That’s resilience. It is something that is totally possible to develop. To take it for granted would, ironically, undermine it. What is needed is an investment in its cultivation through the two arms of mental appraisal and breath. But will you do it? It’s easy to say “I know this”, very different to claim “I do this, regularly”. However, as we show below, it can be as easy as laying down and tuning in.
Although the practice of breathing can be simple, sitting comfortably can provide a challenge for so many of us. Supine and prone relaxation intervals are an excellent way to harness the calming effect of simply breathing without the challenge of holding the body in place. Breathing in either of these laying down positions mildly trains the inhalation more while allowing a free, unimpinged exhale to occur. A mild, as opposed to an overly big and full, inhale aids the anxiety response through its ventilatory effect whereas when large typically the sympathetic nervous system is triggered more adding to the anxiety. Simply, laying regulates smooth inhales and allows for free exhales. When you sit up to practice breathing then a greater emphasis on the exhale is possible.
This prone resting state can be applied at any time during the day especially as and when you feel anxiety or shortness of breath.