Breathing and stress have a very strong connection. The primary role of breathing is to absorb oxygen and to expel carbon dioxide through the movement of our lungs. But breathing can do much more than that. We have the power to consciously control our breathing. Why is this important? Because controlling your breath can help you cope with stress and stress-related situations.
Breathing and Stress
You have probably noticed how your breathing differs when you feel relaxed from when you are stressed and anxious.
When we are under stress our breathing pattern changes. When we feel anxious we take small, shallow breaths using our shoulders rather than our diaphragm to move air in and out of our lungs.