Becoming aware of which part of the body you are breathing into is an important measure in retraining the body to breathe properly.
The below breath awareness technique is a great place to begin to retrain the body from shallow breathing to diaphragmatic breathing which relaxes the central nervous system.
Breath awareness is a technique that can be practiced in many situations, especially stressful or challenging situations enabling you to identify when you are breathing shallowly. Identifying when it is happening is the start to retraining your body to learn to calm itself during moments of stress.
Practicing this exercise in moments of stress/overwhelm relaxes the central nervous system and reduces fight or flight reactions in the body, thus relaxing your body’s response in the moment.
Becoming aware of triggers and immediately adapting to breath awareness shifts mood, emotional state, and nervousness within the first 5 to 10 deep inhalations and exhalations.