Stress, worries and anxiety can directly impact your ability to concentrate, and thus your ability to memorize things. When your are under stress conditions, you may feel your mind foggy and sometimes sloppy, as if you were in another place, not really present. In such conditions, it is essential to regain a clear mind before being able to concentrate again.
Here is a very particular breathing technique developed by the world renowned expert in personal efficiency Philippe Morando, with particularly beneficial effects. Your anxiety, fears, negative thoughts will disappear instantly each time you will use this breathing.
Length: in general 4 seconds minimum.
First take a deep breath through the nose, without forcing. Hearing the sound of the air in your nostrils proves the breath you took is correct: vigorous but without roughness. While your lungs are filling with air, the air will naturally push forward your diaphragm and also your belly.
It is important here not to force to push forward your belly. Let things happen naturally. Your belly will be pushed forward by itself. After several times, you could try to take a little more air than the first times. When you reach your maximum, still try to take a little bit more air: trying to increase the capacity of your ribcage will have a massaging action on the solar plexus and thus it will relax your nerves.
Second phase: Intermediate phase
When your lungs are completely filled with air, try to keep the air for about 3 seconds, then you can loosen everything. Don’t force yourself to keep the air too long: 3 seconds are enough in general.
Third phase: Breathing out.
Your lungs empty themselves. You breathe out through the nose. Don’t force to remove the air from your lungs. The air will get out of your lungs naturally. The breathing out should be like a relaxation, a loosening. Don’t try to empty completely your lungs. The air should get out naturally without your help like a balloon that deflates. No matter if it remains a little bit air in your lungs.
Fourth phase: Resting phase
At the end of the breathing out, you may not feel the need to start to breathe again immediately. So, keep this state with lungs almost empty, without looking for breathing again right now. Enjoy this state of well-being.
You can do 2 or 3 special breathings whenever you need. You can also do 5 minutes of this special breathing in the morning when you wake up, and 5 minutes in the evening before falling asleep. You will then create a very good habit in the long term: your breathing will become better during the day, and you could notice that you will adopt spontaneously this special breathing during the difficult moments of the day.