Benefits of deep breathing
“Relax and take a deep breath”, we have all heard this phrase before, it’s a classic piece of advice, and for very good reason. Deep breathing is a beneficial way to de-stress and relax this mind, but the importance of deep breathing often gets overlooked. Focusing on the breath is the easiest way to calm the mind and deal with stress internally. Acting as a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system, deep breathing can reduce anxiety, increase energy and relieve stress.
Many people look for anything that will help them calm down and feel relaxed in today’s busy world. One of the best ways to do that is to regularly practice deep breathing. It is common for people to breathe from their chest instead of their diaphragm (or belly). This results in shallow breathing that doesn’t give the body enough oxygen that is needs for functioning optimally.
When you begin to practice deep breathing, even if its for 10 minutes each morning, you can improve your health in a number of ways. Here are some benefits of deep breathing.
If you’re feeling stress and tired, deep breathing can improve your energy levels. Taking deep breaths creates more oxygen in the cells, which in turn activates a number of different nerves and creates a relaxed state.
Everyday, our body deals with different toxins. Breathing is the way of releasing those toxins and purifying the bodies systems. When we shallow breathe, the body is less efficient at releasing toxins which can make the body systems overload as they work to detoxify the blood. When we inhale and exhale deeply, the body can release carbon dioxide, along with its many toxins.
Shallow breathing has been linked to stress and anxiety so one of the best things to do when you’re feeling stress and anxious is to breathe deeply. When we are in fight or flight mode, we begin to shallow breathe and our blood rushes to our muscles. This results in anxiety and hyperventilation as the body prepares for danger. I often find when I get home from a stressful day, I am only breathing into my chest. If you suffer from anxiety or a stressful lifestyle, I encourage you to practice deep breathing each day to help provide relief.
Deep breathing can reduce blood pressure, provides relief of general aches and pains and promotes better blood flow throughout the body. This results in an increased energy level and less sluggishness.
Schedule in 10 minutes of deep breathing each morning or evening or when you are driving to work each day. Aim for 10 to 20 diaphragm breaths. I will inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds, and wait 4 seconds. Aim for 10 to 20 diaphragm breaths or until you feel calm and centered again.
You can practice deep belly breathing almost anywhere and it is one a simple task to help you feel more calm, balanced and reconnected.