Breatheology: A breathing technique: It is preferable for one to sit down and relax; especially your head and shoulders; as well as the jaw. With the mouth slightly open, rest the tongue at the bottom of the mouth. Inhale and hold your breath, then slowly exhale, each step should be in proportion to each other in the ratio of 1:4:2. That is to say, if you use three seconds to inhale, then hold your breath for twelve seconds, at the end of which use six seconds to slowly exhale (one doesn’t have to follow too strictly to this proportion, just do it in a way that you feel comfortable, listen to your body as it sends you messages). It should result in a slow down heart rate, significantly releasing stress and anxiety. The theory for this is that we have sympathetic nerves which constitute our stress system and the parasympathetic nerves that are the relax and digest systems. The stress system stimulates, organizes and mobilizes our energy resource when we encounter threat or danger. Its changes indicate psychological arousal, produce alertness, so that we can take action. For example, when one is face to face with a roaring tiger in the wild, the adrenaline immediately pumps up enormously and results in an action of instant decision of whether to fight or flight. In our daily lives, the trigger can be stress, anxiety from work or worries. Signals from the brain are sent to this system and result in tired muscle and uptight minds, causing sleep problems, loss of appetite and feeling tired. Using this breathing technique, we tap into the parasympathetic system, resulting in the conservation of energy, psychological relaxation and enable us to rest and digest. The working principle is that when we breathe, we tap into the vagus nerve; the tenth cranial nerve which connects the lower part of the brain to the lung, heart and our internal systems. To inhale is a stressful exercise, our adrenaline rises, and when we exhale physically, we relax and our happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin are turned on. This breathing exercise can be done at all times, whether one is standing, sitting or lying down. It is very helpful in getting one to sleep. Whenever I have anxiety, it helps me to calm down faster and easier to sleep. Some of my friends and myself have found this breathing technique very effective. The key is the initial first step when one has decided that there is a NEED to relax, therefore you tell your brain you want to relax and relax yourself physically, and finally the breathing technique completes the relaxing process.