In this 3 part series of Get Healthy, we talk about the foundations to good health: breathing, digestion & sleep. Before you read on, understand that all 3 areas are closely linked and can easily affect one another.
Part 1 – Breathing
I know what you are thinking. I breathe, If I didn’t I would die. So why do I need to read on?
Well, It is how you breathe that we want you to become aware of.
Breathing is controlled by the automatic nervous system (ANS), which is then sub divided into the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.
Parasympathetic Nervous System = REST & DIGEST
Sympathetic Nervous System = FIGHT OR FLIGHT
The way you breathe is a response to which nervous system dominates. Understanding these systems and how your body responds to them, will allow you to assess how you are coping within your current environment.
In our experience, we believe that the majority of city workers spend too much time in fight or flight mode and not enough time in rest and digest mode. Long term this plays havoc with your health. Below is a shortened list of how your body responds to each nervous system: