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Whenever you have so much going on in your mind and you experience stress from thinking about it all, one of the best things to help calm you down and think straight is to stop for a moment and take a deep breath or two.
Research has shown that breathing deeply relieves stress and anxiety but scientists are looking deeper into the connection between the way we breathe and its effects on our cognitive functions.
Studies have shown that when rodents sniff, the flow of even odorless air initiates brain activity by stimulating neurons in what’s called the olfactory bulb, which then signal the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in the creation and storage of memories.
Recently, a group of researchers conducted a study to determine the relationship between our memory and how we breathe.
(Illustration by: Celia Jacobs)