The secret is in the slow exhale.
If you slow down just one exhale today, you will have turned off the anxiety switch in your body.
In this article, we’ll show you four ways the Shift can help you turn off the anxiety response in your body. But first, how does this all work?
How does the Shift work?
When you exhale through the Shift, it extends your exhale to roughly 8-10 seconds. This small but extremely effective tweak in your breathing patterns is like an anxiety cheat code.
Not to get too sciency here, but the Shift is designed to activate your Vagus nerve. Slowing your exhale with the Shift switches your body from fight-or-flight mode to rest-and-digest mode.
This means you can instantly turn off the anxiety response in your body.
Bonus: if you make a habit of breathing with the Shift, your body becomes stronger and more resilient in the face of anxiety and stress. Your body gets better at turning off anxiety all on its own because it recognizes the warning signals earlier.
Imagine your breath as a light switch.
When you inhale, the light comes on.
When you exhale, the light turns off.
When we experience anxiety, we typically take short, shallow breaths. It’s almost like we’re slowly hyperventilating. This is the equivalent of quickly turning a light on and off and on and off and on and off, etc.
If you slow down your breath (especially your exhale), you are turning off the anxiety response in your body for a longer period of time. Your nervous system has a chance to calm down.
Imagine what happens when…
Now imagine how you’d feel if you focused on slow inhales and slow exhales for 1 minute straight. Imagine 5 minutes straight. For 5 days in a row? How many days in a row could you practice better breathing?
The proof is in the reviews. See how others use the Shift to reduce anxiety.
4 ways the Shift flips the switch on anxiety.
There are four main reasons the Shift and a slower exhale turn off the anxiety and stress response in your body. The secret is the slow exhale, which triggers the Vagus nerve and tells your body to do these four things fast.
Decrease Stress Hormones
Slow Down Your Heartbeat
Decrease Blood Pressure
Loosen Up Your Muscles
Once you start breathing more slowly, you will begin to feel the impact of this response. You will feel more calm, and you will begin to understand how to fight back. All of this adds up to a practical, easy, everyday way to reduce anxiety and lower stress.
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