Benefits of the breath

Have you ever wondered why so many people talk about breathing when it comes to relaxation?

Something most of us don't realise is that we are breathing all wrong! Trust me I understand what you must be thinking, how can I be breathing wrong? but when we breathe without thinking, and in doing this we shorten our breath. Most of us tend to decrease oxygen into the body leaving us feeling fatigued, anxious and frustrated without even realising something as simple as our breathing habits could be the problem. 

During my struggles with anxiety, I would have panic attacks, forgetting to breathe leaving me with an overwhelming feeling of suffocation. It left me feeling scared and frustrated but often once someone would remind me to breathe I would reach a calmer and healthier state. Even though all this. I still did not realise that my breathing had anything to do with the issue. Once I started meditation and yoga, I learned that I was not breathing correctly and that along with my heightened sense of panic not managing my breathing was a massive issue. 

With this in mind, I have wondered how many more of you are unaware of this and how your lack of mindful breathing be affecting your wellbeing. So for this week's blog, I wanted to share the best benefits of breathing properly that I have discovered in my wellness journey and how you can easily use them too. 

Breathing calms the nervous system and supports the mind. As well as increasing our energy. Breathing deeply brings us and our nervous system to a relaxed state. The more oxygen reaching the brain the more we feel calmer, focused and grounded. When you control your breath, you can control your life. Breathing properly can prolong our life and panic attacks can be avoided by focusing on the breath and breathing mindfully. One of the ways I have learnt to deal with anxiety and panic attacks is through breath practice. 

The regular practice of controlled breathing will increase oxygen to your lungs, help the lymph system release unwanted waste, decrease stress, improve digestion, balance your emotions and as previously mentioned increase overall energy. 

The best part about this is you can practice it anywhere, it is a great exercise to add to your daily ritual. Here is my daily breathing focus.

CALMING BREATH EXERCISE

Take a long slow breath in through the nose, hold for 3. 2. 1 and then exhale through the mouth. Inhale slowly and deeply. When you exhale let go of all cares and worries. softening your jaw, letting your teeth part and your tongue go limp. As you inhale let your breath become deeper still and on the exhale let your shoulders relax. 

Do this several times and as you do let your self and your breath surrender and let go. 

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Kisses - Z