By | Micaela Heck | lifehacker.com
Many of us—maybe especially lately—have experienced a heart-racing feeling of anxiety that causes us to sweat, tremble and perhaps even breathe harder. But it turns out our instinct to pant when we’re stressed has an adverse effect.
On a recent episode of The Upgrade, we spoke with science journalist James Nestor, author of the book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, about the physiological impacts of different ways of breathing. And according to him, when it comes to anxiety, how we’re naturally inclined to breathe is actually a detriment to our state of mind and sense of well-being: