Did you know that
our breathing is the only major body system that happens automatically, or we
have the power to control it? Every psychological state and
every emotional state, has a corresponding breathing pattern. The way we
breathe when we are peaceful and calm is different than the way we breathe when
we are angry and upset.
We can stay
alive for long periods of time without eating, drinking or sleeping, but if we
stop breathing for just a few minutes, we’re dead. How amazing is that?
Unfortunately, most of us don’t think twice
about our pattern of breathing… because it is automatic and we all do it on
average 20,000 times a day.
So why is breathing so important? Well, for one if we want to stay alive, we need to. But breathing also brings in oxygen, which we need for our cells, and releases toxins that we inhale all day by exhaling.
So what keeps up from breathing properly? Well for one, most
of us sit more than is healthy and normal for the human body. Often slouched
over computers or desks, our lungs are compressed and not getting enough oxygen.
Sitting that way, it’s hard to push out our stomach to fill up your lungs. Poor posture can also cause our spines and ribs to become restricted and
then we cannot create enough space for our lungs to expand.
We also often don’t do
enough physical exercise, especially cardio; which encourages us to focus on
our breathing and strengthen our lungs.
Constant stress and
tension with work and busy lives can negatively affect our breathing. We tend
to breathe shallow and fast when we feel stressed, and this exacerbates the
problem. Then these poor habits become ingrained.
These can all have
serious effects, ranging from spasms and seizures to fainting, numbness,
tingling, hallucinating, increased heart rate and an inability to control our
What Are the Benefits of Daily
1. It relieves
anxiety, stress and tension in the body.
2. It helps our
psychological state, and the regulation of our emotions. It can help stop panic
attacks, freezing or choking under pressure and lowers our stress arousal
3. It assists in
bringing our heart rate into a range that’s conducive to optimal cognitive and
4. It helps detoxify
5. It helps to
optimally oxygenate the body and all its organs to allow us to heal better and
6. It leads to greater
inner peace, focus and thought control.
7. It boosts athletes’
performance as it helps them to control their physiological and psychological
reactions to stress.
8. It strengthens the
important diaphragm muscle, which tends to weaken as we get older.
9. Breathing into the
stomach or using the diaphragm activates the calming receptors situated there and
activates the parasympathetic nervous system.
10. Using the diaphragm
muscle helps massage and move the inner organs and aids digestion and
11. It helps you
control your anger and fear so you can react appropriately.
12. It lowers the release
of stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in the bloodstream.
breathing stops the overuse of the upper chest and intercostal muscles – this
occurs when we just breathe into the upper third of our lungs, leading to tight
and shortened muscles in the neck, shoulders and chest. It can therefore help
us have better posture.
14. It helps us deal
with pain and breathe through it.
15. It strengthens your
16. Oxygenating your
body in an optimal way allows you to also flex your muscles more intensely. In
sports, this can offer performance benefits.
So remember to breathe.
It matters more than you think.
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