To take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process.
Deep diaphragmatic breathing (marked by a long, slow exhale) is 🔑 to stimulating vagal nerve activity.
Healthy vagal nerve tone is indicated by a slight increase of heart rate when you inhale and a decrease in heart rate when you exhale.
The ability to reduce your heart rate and blood pressure during times of stress/anxiety can be directly linked to being conscious of your breath throughout the day.
Are you aware of your breathing habits during the day?