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It has been proven that high levels of stress can wreak havoc on our physical and mental health. There are plenty of tips and tricks out there on how to lower it, but most are easier said than done (especially if you can’t remove the actual source of the stress.

Thankfully, there are tricks that allow our body to naturally lower the feelings (and effects) of stress without needing to remove the source of it. One of which is the physiological sigh.

Andrew Huberman explains in this video how the mechanics of the practice work, which is a pattern of breathing of two inhales, followed by an extended exhale. It regularly occurs spontaneously in our sleep when carbon dioxide levels get too high, but it can be done deliberately any time we want to reduce our anxiety levels and calm down fast.

Too much stress can cause a host of physical and mental problems, including heart attacks, strokes, suicidial ideation, and even death. So it’s up to you to take the steps necessary to regulate it.


Orondé Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist and media consultant based in Nashville. No Average Journey was born out of his desire to help artists grow in their lives and careers.