Breathe Better, Feel Better
Breathing. It comes naturally for most of us. But do you know HOW you breathe, can either make you stressed or relaxed? It appears we’re doing it all wrong. We’ve actually forgotten how to breathe!
Breathe Better, Feel Better
Sounds crazy, I know, but consider this:
Scientists have done loads of research on the subject and have discovered that shallow, chest breathing, is really bad for you, while deep breathing has many health benefits.
And deep breathing is our natural state of being.
Except of course, if you’re being chased by a bear… Or just inhaled a double latte!
Shallow breathing, at the top of the lungs, stimulates your “stress response.”
It floods the body with stress hormones, weakening the body on every level. When we’re upset, high on caffeine, or really excited, our bodies can become flooded with the stress hormone cortisol. Prolonged release of cortisol can destroy healthy muscle and bone, slow down healing and impair digestion and endocrine function (exhausting the adrenal glands) and weakening the immune system.
Breathing deep into your lungs stimulates your
It releases tension and promotes feelings of calm and peace. Powerful healing chemicals flood the body releasing endorphins, your body’s feel-good pain killers. Stress-related problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders will be reduced or eliminated.
Observe babies as they sleep. They are perhaps our greatest teachers. Peacefully they breathe; inhaling and exhaling deep into their lungs. Their minds and bodies are at ease, there are no emotional issues intruding upon their night time slumber. How wonderful to feel so carefree; feeling safe and calm would certainly be mirrored by our sleep patterns and especially in our waking moments while breathing.
Your body needs oxygen. Deep breathing provides oxygen to all of your cells giving them the life force you need to be healthy and vibrant.
Physical Benefits of Deep Breathing
Increase your energy level
Improve your quality of sleep
Lower blood Pressure
Relieve stress and emotional tension
Promote weight loss
Be Aware of Your Breathing
You can relearn healthy breathing by being conscious of how you are breathing, your thoughts and your posture. Do you find your shoulders are so tense they are creeping up toward your ears? Are you holding your breath due to tension and anxiety?
Simple daily reminders will help you develop healthy lifestyle habits. Post notes around your home. Everywhere you spend your time; in your car, bathroom, kitchen, workplace, etc. Print mindful reminders such as these, and make a conscious effort as you read them inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.
RELAX. BREATHE DEEP. ALL IS WELL.
Get Calm and relaxed with Mindful Breathing
Mindful breathing will change your life.
Practice this breathing technique when you need to get calm and centered. Place one hand on your chest and the other on the lower part of your stomach (diaphragm). Exhale deeply. Inhale deep through your nose first filling the bottom portion of your lungs, expanding your diaphragm. If done properly your shoulders will barely move. Fill your lungs to maximum capacity for a count of 6. Hold for 7 seconds. As you inhale you might say, “I am calm,” or “I breathe in calm.
Exhale long through your mouth expelling air for a count of 11. Begin at the top of your lungs and move down until all air is expelled. As you exhale say, “I exhale tension,” or I let go of tension.” Stay calm and focused repeating your words and keeping your focus on your breath. Visualize your body relaxing. Repeat several times – two or more times each day.
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