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Braincare pillar 2: Breath

Why is breath important?

We breathe all the time. Literally. But when was the last time you thought about your breathing for more than a minute or two?

Our breathing patterns tell our brains whether they should be worried or not. They work in tandem with stress hormones to prepare us for a dangerous situation. But, we can also use that  same mechanism to calm ourselves down. Control the breathing, control the mindset.

We’ve put together some resources to demonstrate the power of breath. Take a look below.

Our favourite resources on breathing.

Slow and steady
Learn about calming breathing techniques

Yoga has something of a serene reputation, and a lot of that is down to the breathing. Normally, we take between 12 and 20 breaths a minute. While practising yoga, that drops to six. Yoga breathing exercises are a fantastic way to learn to calm our breath, and ease our stress response in the process.

Find out more

How breathwork improves our brains
Listen to our podcast episode with a breathwork expert

On this episode of the Braincare podcast, we talk to breathwork coach Jamie Clements. He shares his tips and techniques for using breathing to improve our mental and physical well-being.

Listen now

Breathing and stress
Read about stress and the brain

Deep breathing has a calming effect, while shallow breathing has the opposite. Breathwork exercises can help reduce stress levels, which has short-term and long-term benefits for the brain.

Learn more

For the nerdy

Keen to do some more research on breath and the brain? 

Reducing cardiovascular risk

The effect of meditation and breathing exercises

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