In this article:
- A Swedish behavioral health expert explains the diver's reflex, a technique that can help us calm ourselves during times of high stress or panic.
- Applying a cold, wet cloth to our face and neck; dipping our face in cold water; or even jumping in a cold shower sends a message to our parasympathetic nervous system to help slow our heart rate and breathing.
- The technique can be a quick reset for a hyper-aroused nervous system.
When we are under high stress or in a panic, our heart rates and breathing quicken, making it difficult to calm down and think clearly. In this short video, Courtney Lavadia, an integrated behavioral health expert at Swedish, explains how we can utilize the diver's reflex, a technique that can help us calm down by applying cold temperatures to our body to help relieve the physical symptoms of extreme stress.
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