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Simple Breathwork Exercise for Stress and Anxiety

breathwork embodiment holistic health nervous system regulation Sep 20, 2021

Of all of the practices that I use to regulate my nervous system and that have really helped my mind and body heal over the past few years, breathwork has been the most impactful.

Breathwork has been a really vital part of my own healing journey. Learning to breathe intentionally each and every day, as well as learning to activate my breath for spiritual healing and emotional release has been one of the best things that I’ve ever done for myself. I had reached a point where I had tried everything to heal my skin and my body:

  • My diet was on point.
  • I was exercising.
  • I was sleeping well.

But the breakouts and health symptoms that I was experiencing in my body persisted.

It wasn’t until I started learning about the nervous system and was introduced to breathwork, that I realized that my imbalanced nervous system was preventing my body from healing, no matter how perfect everything else in my healing journey seemed.

Breathwork and working to heal my nervous system, in combination with everything I was already doing right, is what ultimately helped heal my body.

After seeing how much of a difference this healing modality made for me, I knew I had to begin sharing this technique with my clients so that they could all have the same experience. Learning to breathe intentionally can really help balance the nervous system, and stimulate the lymphatic system to really improve the overall health of the skin, and body. In order to share this technique, I got my certification as a breathwork coach.

What is Breathwork?

Breathwork is the practice of conscious and intentional breathing exercises, which can improve mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

There are many different forms and types of breathwork, from simple and short daily practices that balance the nervous system to more extreme techniques like Holotropic breathing that involve hyperventilation to alter states of consciousness.

I focus on teaching clients daily practices for improved resiliency, as well as transformative, active breathwork meditations to release stagnant energy, emotions and trauma. The focus of my breathwork sessions is to override the nervous system and ignite inner self-healing physically, mentally and spiritually.

By learning to breathe intentionally, we can:

  • override/control the nervous system
  • move the body into a state of heal and regenerate
  • fall asleep faster at night
  • improve sleep quality
  • strengthen the digestive system
  • boost energy levels during the day
  • relax the body and mind
  • ease feelings of stress and anxiety

Breathwork Directly Impacts The Nervous System and Lymphatic System, the Two Most Important Systems for Optimal Health

Nervous System

How we breathe is directly connected to our nervous system. It is our nervous system that holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself. It controls and coordinates all of the organs and structures of the human body. By becoming consciously aware of our breath, we are able to awaken something powerful within ourselves. Anytime that we experience any form of skin condition, or health ailment, we know the nervous system needs attention.

Lymphatic System

Our lymphatic system is the drainage system of the body, and an important part of our immune system. It's where white blood cells are manufactured and cellular waste is taken care of. Unlike our circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no pump. It needs to be stimulated, but there are only two ways to stimulate it – intentional movement and diaphragmatic breathing. When our lymphatic system is healthy and flowing, the body functions much more optimally.

Simple Breathwork Exercise for Stress and Anxiety

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or have trouble falling asleep at night, this breathing exercise below will help you bring your nervous system back into balance.

When the exhale is longer than the inhale, we activate the parasymphathetic nervous system, which is our rest and digest part of the nervous system. Anytime we are feeling stressed, you can use this exercise to bring your body out of that state and back into a state of calm.



Take the 21 Day Breathwork Challenge

Do you want to see what learning to breathe intentionally can do for you? 

I created the Breathwork Challenge to guide you through 21 days of simple, impactful breathwork exercises to help you decrease stress and anxiety, increase digestion, improve sleep and ignite your inner self-healing.

Sound like soemthing you need? Take the 21 Day Breathwork Challenge here

About the Author


Hi! I'm Rachel Devine, a Holistic Skin Therapist, German New Medicine Practioner and a Somatic Healing Therapist. I am here to help you understand your body, discover the biological root causes of your skin and health symptoms, and guide you to ignite your inner-healing.

I’ve been through my own deep healing journey for the past decade. I am now certified in many of the holistic healing modalities that I've used to heal my own skin and body, so that I can guide you to fully transform and heal yourself from the inside-out. By working with me, I'll help you deeply connect to your body so that you can heal it for good.