There will be plenty of sore heads this morning after the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that took place on Thursday.

After two years of cancelled festivities, people came out in droves to join in the biggest night out of the year from all over the world.

Stills of live camera action captured thousands of people lining the streets of Dublin from morning until night, and so there is no doubt there is widespread “fear” this morning.

Feeling stressed or anxious after a night of drinking - also known as “The Fear” - is a common side effect of a hangover.

One NHS doctor, Dr. Karan Rajan, has the solution for anyone feeling stressed or anxious today, and it’s a simple breathing technique that has been proven to immediately lower the body’s stress.

“I wanna share something with you that might be the fastest way to reduce stress and anxiety according to science.



Doctor explains fastest way to get rid of ‘the fear’ with breathing technique
Doctor explains fastest way to get rid of ‘the fear’ with breathing technique

“It’s known as the physiological sigh and actually your body does this several times a day without you even realising to regulate high C02 levels and stress.

“You can do this whenever you’re stressed to bring the level of autonomic nervous system arousal back to baseline.”

Here’s how you do it:

“Deep inhale through the nose and just when you can’t inhale anymore a second short sharp inhale followed by a long exhale through the mouth.”



Doctor explains fastest way to get rid of ‘the fear’ with breathing technique
Doctor explains fastest way to get rid of ‘the fear’ with breathing technique


Doctor explains fastest way to get rid of ‘the fear’ with breathing technique
Doctor explains fastest way to get rid of ‘the fear’ with breathing technique

Explaining its effectiveness Dr. Karan said: “This works because our lungs consist of millions of tiny sacks called alveoli and when we’re stressed these sacks collapse and deflate.

“This breathing technique causes the sacks to reinflate and allows for more efficient offloading of carbon dioxide.

“It also emphasises the exhale. When we exhale the diaphragm moves up and gently squeezes the heart; this causes the brain to send a signal to the body to reduce heart rate."

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