The Hand Warming – Belly Breathing Exercise can used as an excellent way to stimulate the vagus nerve and turnoff fight/flight overwhelm, stress, anxiety, and other forms of arousal. This exercise can be done for 5 to 20 minutes. The Hand Warming – Belly Breathing Exercise can help with:
Swift reduction of all forms of anxiety.
Dampening down a panic attack.
Performance anxiety, test anxiety, and phobia work.
Reducing body-wide inflammation.
Use in lowering intense fight/flight in PTSD work.
Thwarting worry and rumination.
Warning: Folks with a history of mental illness, PTSD, or panic are urged not to use these techniques without a therapist. If you decide to do these processes you will agree to absolve the webmaster, the webhost, Emoclear.com, and Steve Mensing of any responsibility for the application or misapplication of these processes. There is always in any process the possibility that someone could experience some discomfort.
To do the Hand Warming – Belly Breathing Exercise, choose a quiet room where you will go undisturbed for 5 to 20 minutes. Pick one of these two hand warming exercises:
(1) Take a large cup of comfortably hot liquid and wrap your hands around the cup. Allow your palms and fingers to comfortably heat up for 5 to 20 minutes while you breathe slowly and comfortably from your belly. Breathing should be through your nose. Your belly is doing the breathing, not your chest. Your belly should rise above your chest before each slow in breath.
(2) No cup available? Imagine your hands being held comfortably near a warm fire or space heater for 5 to 20 minutes while you breathe slowly and comfortably from your belly. Breathing should be through your nose. Your belly is doing the breathing, not your chest. Your belly should rise above your chest with each slow in breath.
Have fun relaxing, Steve